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From the PublisherSheila Kohler
San Francisco Chronicle
Gordon evokes the lost objects of all our childhoods...[She] is capable of describing the complexity of the human heart with eloquence and intelligence.
Mary Gordon takes risks, personal and literary, that are necessary if one's work is to flourish, deepen, and become masterful, as hers has. Seeing Through Places is a marvelously suggestive, accurate, and moving mirror of a time, an ethos, and a landscape.
Susan Salter Reynolds
Los Angeles Times Book Review
When a memoir is well told, rich with detail, as this one is, the things and people in it remain truly unique in the writer's memory; neater explanations would be fiction.
The New York Times Book Review
Re-evoking the places and objects that were once so much darker and more fearful is a fine work of restoration. Gordon remembers objects as meticulously as a still-life painter....[She] knits them all together in a satisfying pattern.
Colleen Kelly Warren
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gordon writes with soul-searching honesty of the circumlocutional route she has traveled to get home.