The Company of Women

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"A superb, stunningly written novel." The Philadelphia Inquirer
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...
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The Company of Women: A Novel

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Overview

"A superb, stunningly written novel." The Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345483010
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/12/1986
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Gordon
Mary Gordon
The McIntosh Professor of English at Bamard College, Mary Gordon is the author of several acclaimed novels that deal with the conflicts facing modern women, including Spending and Pearl, as well as a stirring memoir about her father, The Shadow Man.

Biography

Mary Gordon is the author of the novels The Love of My Youth, Spending, The Company of Women, and The Rest of Life, as well as the memoir The Shadow Man. She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 1997 O. Henry Award for best short story. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.

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Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Gordon:

"I don't have any great first job tales: I‘ve never worked on a tramp steamer or in a coal mine or anything like that. I think the inspiration for my writing came largely from my father and the joy that life in books represented to me."

"I love dancing; I adore salsa dancing and wish I could be in a Broadway chorus."

"I could not write without my dog, Rhoda, a Lab-chow mix."

"I would trade any writerly success if it would mean my children would be happy."

"I hate George Bush, John Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Cheney. I hate bullies. I hate people who say, ‘It's so fun,' and say, 'literally,' when they mean, ‘figuratively.' "

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Gilmour
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 8, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      A.B., Barnard College, 1971; M.A., Syracuse University, 1973

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