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The stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer's craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and postwar Irish American family life she circles in the early Temporary Shelter series, as well as a wealth of new fiction that brings her contemporary characters into middle age; it is their turn to face bodily decline, mortality, and the more complex anxieties of modern life. With their powerful insights into how we make do, both socially and privately, these stories are a treasure of American fiction.
“A rich introduction (or a happy re-acquaintance) to Gordon's talent.” —The Seattle Times
“These characters are splendid in their ridiculous humanity. . . . Gordon's new stories are deeper and more relaxed, but all provide a mesmeric read . . . you'll want to inhale and savor at the same time.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Breathtaking. . . . Voluptuous.” —Los Angeles Times
“Carefully drawn and gracefully written, [Gordon's] stories combine the intimacy of memoir with the shape and narrative energy of fiction. . . .Vivid and richly imagined." —Chicago Sun-Times