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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2004

    Inspiring and Thought-Provoking

    I picked up this book, not fully understanding the effect it would have on me, my life and my idea's as a writer. I had never read anything by Mary Gordon, and am embarrased to say that it was the cover that intrigued me at first, to even pick up this book. This was a book that, at first gave me the impression of an affair between two older people that were lonely in their own ways and both in it for themselves, even though altogether, it was for the same, possible denial of their own lives places, and of lonliness, or the escape of. After getting into the story alittle more, however, I realized that these were two people that I could see within myself, Mary Gordon has done a fine job placing that life mirror right before us to show us that we all are, indeed, lonely, needy, and capable of how calased we are...or how strong we 'think' we are to not need 'love' or, a man to take care of us. All in all, I have to say that this story was not only well written, the characters are absolutly UNFORGETTABLE, and the message is one that hits you right where it counts. I recommend this book to all that feel that they are alittle too calased, alittle too strong, alittle too ashamed to say that they need a man to feel whole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000


    I related to much and enjoyed aspects I could not relate to. A fine (and erotic) story. I hope Mary Gordon writes another like this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    A Yuppie Bodice Ripper

    I greatly enjoyed the descriptions of art in this book. But unfortunately, our starving-artist heroine has indeed dreamed up a Utopia for a yuppie woman. At age 50, suddenly showered with millions of dollars and night-long orgiastic sex by a younger man who is mad about her paintings and her, she can't seem to get a nice word out of her mouth. She broods about being a kept woman. But then she gets her chance: he loses his money in the market, she makes millions on her glorious art, and finances his comeback. One of her college age kids becomes his international finance expert, and more money pours in. Her only sadness is that her other daughter flees to the rural life and early marriage, no doubt to get away from this sourpuss. Even with all this, she seems to feel as though she hasn't got as much as she deserved. I get cut off on the road by too many people like this to enjoy reading about them.

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