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The Company of Women
     

The Company of Women

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by Mary Gordon
 

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Mary Gordon’s fiction explores the nature of love of religion, of family relationships and, in every sense, illuminates and enhances our lives.

Raised by five intensely religious women and a charismatic, controversial priest, sheltered from the secular world, Felicitas Maria Taylor is intelligent, charming, and desperate for a taste of ordinary

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Mary Gordon’s fiction explores the nature of love of religion, of family relationships and, in every sense, illuminates and enhances our lives.

Raised by five intensely religious women and a charismatic, controversial priest, sheltered from the secular world, Felicitas Maria Taylor is intelligent, charming, and desperate for a taste of ordinary happiness. More freedom than she has ever imagined awaits her at Columbia University in the 1960s. There, Felicitas falls in love with the worst man for her—with shattering results. Now she must turn again to the company of the women who love her, as she struggles to embrace the future without betraying the past.
 
Praise for The Company of Women

“A superb, stunningly written novel.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Rich . . . satisfying . . . a work of vast intelligence and enormous charm.”Newsday

Editorial Reviews

Francine du Plessix Gray
Unfortunately ''The Company of Women,'' despite its exalted spiritual message, has numerous novelistic flaws. And some of them, ironically, stem from the very integrity and chastity of the author's vision. Miss Gordon, for instance, has grave problems creating fully fleshed, noncelibate male characters. Those in ''The Company of Women'' are as flimsy as bookmarks....After reading the novel's disastrously conceived last pages, which take the form of sentimental and out-of-tone monologues by each member of Felicitas's community, one leaves ''The Company of Women'' feeling that it is a novel of marvelous parts rather than a marvelous novel, and that it is held together only by the remarkable figure of Father Cyprian. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345483010
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/12/1986
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
768,671
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Brief Biography

Hometown:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
December 8, 1949
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Education:
A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

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