The Rest of Life

The Rest of Life

Three Novellas

Book - 1993
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Baker & Taylor
In "Immaculate Man," a virgin priest finds love; a journalist alters his lover's life in "Living at Home;" and in "The Rest of Life," a teenager is inspired by the Romantic poets to make a suicide pact

Blackwell North Amer
Mary Gordon's luminous new fiction introduces three women, each of whom tells the story of the lover who altered her life.
In Immaculate Man, a social worker in her forties whose specialty is battered women becomes the lover of a priest. He has never desired a woman until, at forty-three, he desires her, makes love to her, uses his holy hands to touch her. She teaches Father Clement the language of the flesh; he teaches her the language of the Church - once foreign to her.
In Living at Home, he is an Italian foreign correspondent, she a psychiatrist who cares for autistic children. He is a man who wants nothing but the woman's body and the sanctuary of their house - until he is seized by news of another revolution, another famine or plague, another destination.
And in The Rest of Life, the woman is returning to Turin, the northern Italian town she fled sixty-three years earlier. She was fifteen then; her lover was sixteen. They were rebels, romantics, intellectuals, and they decided to shoot themselves. She chose to live.
These three beautifully rendered novellas illuminate the elliptical combination of carnal and spiritual desire in all lives. In stunning prose, Mary Gordon measures the power of the place in which love resides, the way that place shrinks or expands - and is fortified.
Rest of Life, Gordon's sixth work of fiction, incantatory in its evocation of love. This is her most radiant and powerful writing.

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& Taylor

In Immaculate Man, a virgin priest finds love; a journalist alters his lover's life in Living at Home; and in The Rest of Life, a teenager is inspired by the Romantic poets to make a suicide pact. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 1993
ISBN: 9780670838288
0670838284
Branch Call Number: FICTION GORDON
Characteristics: ix, 257 p. ; 23 cm

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