A Dangerous Womanby Mary McGarry Morris
Martha Horgan is not like other women. She stares. She has violent crushes on people. She can't stop telling the truth. Martha craves love, independence, and companionship, but her relentless honesty makes her painfully vulnerable to those around her: Frances, her wealthy aunt and begrudging guardian; Birdy, who befriends her, then cruelly rejects her; and
Martha Horgan is not like other women. She stares. She has violent crushes on people. She can't stop telling the truth. Martha craves love, independence, and companionship, but her relentless honesty makes her painfully vulnerable to those around her: Frances, her wealthy aunt and begrudging guardian; Birdy, who befriends her, then cruelly rejects her; and Colin Mackey, the seductive man who preys on her desires. Confused and bitter, distyrusting even those with her best interests at heart, Martha is propelled into a desperate attempt to gain control over her own life.
A novel of unnerving suspense and terrifying insight into the perversities of passion, A Dangerous Woman is as devastatingly honest as Martha herself.
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Meet the Author
Mary McGarry Morris is the author of Vanished, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award; A Dangerous Woman, which was chosen by Time as of of the five best novels of 1991; Songs in Ordinary Time, an Oprah's Book Club Selection and national bestseller, and the critically acclaimed Fiona Range and A Hole in the Universe. She lives in Andover, Massachussetts.
On the web: http://www.marymcgarrymorris.com
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With every character Mary McGarry Morris writes about you seem to take on a kinship with them. She decribes them so vividly. I found myself relating them to people in my own life (oe I suspect they might be). Getting inside someones head takes a master of an author. I also get an insight to other peoples feelings underneath what is visible on the outside. The story moved along wonderfully. I didn't want it to end. The only critisism and it's entirely just an opinion--I have a hard time with the ending. I had a similar experience with her other novel "The Last Secret". They (the endings) really throw me off. They are entirelyunexpected; but in a way--well--they don't fit. In both cases it left me unbalanced. But I shall read this author again. I really like her style.
Ms. Morris has portrayed her characters beau- tifully - especialy the emothionaly disturbed Martha Horgan. I know this from personal experience. In my youth I was, to a lesser extent, Martha. Ms. Morris creates a character for whom I ache - all too knowingly. The alcoholic Mack is well done as anyone who has lived with the disease will recognize. Perhaps part of Ms. Morris's point is that such people as Martha are agonizingly hard to love or even to care much about. Her novel is splendid.