The New York Times reviews The Liar's Wife, a collection of four novellas by Mary Gordon '71, Barnard's Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing. An excerpt:
"Because these four novellas don’t so much connect as evolve, they should be read in the order in which they’re presented. They build on one another, suggesting interesting dichotomies beyond the traditional positioning of innocence versus experience: travel versus exile, privilege versus affliction, idealism versus survival, responsibility versus complicity. ... The intelligence that breathes through the characters tirelessly raises the unanswerable questions that animate all great fiction, lifting the reader out of the story and into the realm of ethical dilemma and moral agony."
In addition to this coverage of her newest work of fiction, Prof. Gordon recently provided a list of recommended books about teachers in The Wall Street Journal.