Men and Angels

Men and Angels

by Mary Gordon
     
 

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Anne Foster's husband is in France. She has stayed behind in their small college town with her two young children — whom she loves with an intensity that awes her — to finish writing the catalogue for a major exhibition of the work of American Impressionist painter Caroline Watson. As she delves into Caroline's life, Anne sees a side of "mother love" she'd

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Anne Foster's husband is in France. She has stayed behind in their small college town with her two young children — whom she loves with an intensity that awes her — to finish writing the catalogue for a major exhibition of the work of American Impressionist painter Caroline Watson. As she delves into Caroline's life, Anne sees a side of "mother love" she'd never fathomed. Meanwhile, Anne's live-in babysitter, Laura Post, is obsessed with a different kind of love. She sees herself as one of God's chosen and believes she has been sent to "save" Anne and her children, whether they want it or not . . .

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Margaret Drabble
This is a deliberately domestic, at times claustrophobic novel, with the rewiring of the house by an attractive electrician and a school Christmas dance recital presented as major events....Miss Gordon's rich, informal, imagery-packed prose beautifully reveals the poetry of domesticity, and her language dramatizes the small inner movements of the maternal heart....Miss Gordon is reaching for a sense of wholeness, for the possibility of inclusion rather than exclusion, for a way of connecting the different passages of existence, and her book asks questions rather than provides answers. It disturbs, rather than reassures, for it demonstrates that family life itself, that safest, most traditional, most approved of female choices, is not a sanctuary: it is, perpetually, a dangerous place. -- New York Times
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gordon introduces the reader to women who form an ``enabling chain'': Caroline imparts strength to her daughter-in-law Jane, who befriends Anne, who cheers up teenage babysitter Laura. But when Laura becomes ``born again'' and tries to ``save'' Anne, a successful woman who nonetheless has a streak of self-loathing, disaster looms. Although Anne's self-pity wearies, as a whole the book succeeds ``on the strength of Gordon's plunging insights into the nature of mother love, family relationships, ambition and responsibility,'' PW observed. (April)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345329257
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/12/1986
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.21(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.00(d)

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