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Mary Gordon

Biography

Mary Gordon

Mary Gordon is the author of nine novels, including FINAL PAYMENTS, THE LOVE OF MY YOUTH, PEARL and THERE YOUR HEART LIES; six works of nonfiction, including the memoirs CIRCLING MY MOTHER and THE SHADOW MAN; and three collections of short fiction, including THE STORIES OF MARY GORDON, which was awarded the Story Prize. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

Mary Gordon

Books by Mary Gordon

by Mary Gordon - Fiction, Women's Fiction

In this novel of lifelong reckoning between two women, we meet Quin Archer, the revenge-loving queen of the reality-TV show “Payback.” Unbeknownst to her many fans, Quin was once an angry teen named Heidi, whose true story may be known only to Agnes, her art teacher at a private New England girls’ school in the 1970s. Then a young woman herself, Agnes saw a spark of originality in the brooding Heidi. But when she suggested that Heidi visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the girl returned with a disastrous account of having been picked up at the museum by an older man. Agnes’ stunned response will haunt both women for decades.

by Mary Gordon - Fiction

In Mary Gordon’s novellas of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title story, who gets more out of life than most of us; and Thomas Mann, opening the heart of a high school kid in the Midwest.

by Mary Gordon - Fiction

As teenagers, Miranda and Adam began a love affair that endured through college only to end in a painful betrayal. When a mutual friend brings them together in present-day Rome, they haven't seen each other in more than three decades. The two embark on daily walks, reconnecting in the heart of this beautiful city, which still holds passionate memories.