Men and Angels

Mary Gordon, Author Ballantine Books $6.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-345-32925-7
Gordon introduces the reader to women who form an ""enabling chain'': Caroline imparts strength to her daughter-in-law Jane, who befriends Anne, who cheers up teenage babysitter Laura. But when Laura becomes ``born again'' and tries to ``save'' Anne, a successful woman who nonetheless has a streak of self-loathing, disaster looms. Although Anne's self-pity wearies, as a whole the book succeeds ``on the strength of Gordon's plunging insights into the nature of mother love, family relationships, ambition and responsibility,'' PW observed. (April)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1986
Release date: 03/01/1986
Hardcover - 239 pages - 978-0-394-52403-0
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