Department of English

Mary Gordon

September 17, 2009

Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library, 4:30 p.m.

Fiction reading

Mary Gordon is the author of several bestselling novels, as well as short stories, memoirs, essays and criticism. Gordon is known for her investigations of Catholic family life, Catholic spirituality, thwarted love, moral struggle, personal sacrifice, female identity, and family pain. She is often praised for her deep insights, lyrical writing, and what Los Angeles Times critic Ellen Akins called, "her delicate rendering of the drama of consciousness." Recent books by Gordon include the biography, Joan of Arc (2000); the essay collection, Seeing Through Places: Reflections on Geography and Identity (2000); the novel, Spending: A Utopian Divertimento (1998); and the bestselling memoir of her secretive, tormented father, The Shadow Man (1996). Gordon's latest novel is Pearl (2005) the story of a strong-willed, middle-aged, single mother named Maria who sets out to prevent her only daughter, Pearl, from killing herself in a self-imposed hunger strike as she sits chained to a flagpole in front of the American embassy in Dublin.

Sponsored by: The Sophie Kerr Committee