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Seeing Thjrough Places - Mary Gordon

Seeing Thjrough Places

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2001
ISBN: 9780684862552
Number Of Pages: 260

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Mary Gordon, bestselling author of "Spending" and "The Shadow Man, " investigates the role that place plays in the formation of identity -- the connections between how we experience place and how we become ourselves. From her grandmother's house, which stood at the center of her childhood life, to a rented house on Cape Cod, where she began to mature as a writer, Mary Gordon navigates the reader through these spaces and worlds with subtlety and style. Wise, humorous, and intelligent, "Seeing Through Places" illuminates the relationship between the physical, emotional, and intellectual architectures of our lives, showing us the far-reaching power that places ultimately have in influencing a life.

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Judith Thurman 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. Colleen Kelly Warren St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gordon writes with soul-searching honesty of the circumlocutional route she has traveled to get home. Rosemary Dinnage 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. 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. Sheila 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.

My Grandmother's Housep. 11
Girl Child in a Women's Worldp. 55
Places to Playp. 75
The Country Next Doorp. 107
The Architecture of a Life with Priestsp. 139
Sanctuary in a City of Displayp. 181
The Room in the Worldp. 207
Boulevards of the Imaginationp. 225
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ISBN: 9780684862552
ISBN-10: 0684862557
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 2nd October 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25