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An erotic and highly intelligent novel from the award winning author of the i New York Times i bestsellers b Final Payments b and b Men and Angles b i Newsweek i has called Mary Gordon a humane masterly novelist whose great gift is making us care about her people .

Monica Szabo a middle aged moderately successful painter encounters B a wealthy commodities broker who collects her work B volunteers to be her muse offering her everything that male artist have always had to produce great art time space money and sex He is even willing to pose for her .

Passionate provocative and highly engaging b Spending b displays Gordon s maverick feminism her extraordinary wit and her unique perspectives on art money men sex and the desires of women by Mary Gordon

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Spending: A Utopian Divertimento
Title:Spending: A Utopian Divertimento
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The Love of My Youth, The Company of Women, Joan of Arc, Circling My Mother: A Memoir, The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas, Final Payments, Pearl, There Your Heart Lies, Men and Angels, Spending
One would expect nothing less from Gordon Spending than a splendid spare account of Joan s life and she delivers in this slender but satisfying account a new entry in the Penguin Lives series The facts of Joan of Arc s life are straightforward she was born in in Domremy France to a peasant family she participated in the Hundred Years War but was in active military service for only a year and she was burned at the stake at Novelist Gordon who has always been fascinated by the young heroine emphasizes Joan the girl She acknowledges that the year old could have been a wife and mother a fully adult member of her community But Gordon s Joan has a young girl s heedlessness sureness readiness for utter self surrender This biography rehearses the well known highlights in Joan s short life the voices she heard who charged her with the mission to save France her participation in the Battle of Orleans and the coronation of King Charles VII her trial by an ecclesiastical court where she was charged with witchcraft heresy and idolatry The judges Gordon tells us in a deft and clever interpretation connected Joan s cross dressing to the sin of idolatry They were accusing Joan of making an idol of herself Gordon recounts Joan s excommunication and execution in spare and arresting detail The strength of this biographical meditation lies in the penultimate chapter in which Gordon investigates the numerous re creations of Joan on stage and screen from Carl Dreyer s film The Passion of Joan of Arc to Verdi s opera Giovanna d Arco a chapter that comes like an unexpected dessert at the end of a rich feast, On Christmas night of Maria Meyers learns that her twenty year old daughter Pearl has chained herself outside the American embassy in Dublin where she intends to starve herself to death Although Maria was once a student radical and still proudly lives by her beliefs gentle book loving Pearl has never been interested in politics nor in the Catholicism her mother rejected years before What then is driving her to martyr herself br br Shaken by this mystery Maria and her childhood friend and Pearl s surrogate father Joseph Kasperman both rush to Pearl s side As Mary Gordon tells the story of the bonds among them she i i takes us deep into the labyrinths of maternal love religious faith and Ireland s tragic history i Pearl i is a grand and emotionally daring novel of ideas told with the tension of a thriller, b The Barnes amp Noble Review b i March i br br With such acclaimed works as i The Shadow Man i and i The Other Side i Mary Gordon has established herself as one of America s most important female writers Her novels are known for their vivid explorations of the depths of human feeling and what it means to live a moral religious and artistic life In i Spending i Gordon examines the complex details of everyday life while encapsulating larger themes in her story of a woman who seemingly has her wishes granted p In i Spending i the reader is introduced to Monica Szabo a woman in her s She is divorced has raised her children and is finally able to focus on her painting without guilt or sacrifice She is already a moderately successful painter when she encounters B a wealthy man who is willing to become her patron and eventually her lover and muse p p Once Monica is freed from the pressures of finance and reawakened by an erotic and compassionate love she begins to create her best work She embarks on a series of paintings based on the idea that the deposed Christs of Renaissance art were not dead but post orgasmic p p These highly controversial paintings immediately make her a hero of the art world and an enemy of the Christian right But as Monica s fame and wealth increase enormously B is faced with an abrupt turn in his fortunes and loses almost everything Suddenly Monica and B find their roles reversed and must contend with the implications involved in a society where the man is generally considered the provider p p Although Gordon has presented many complex issues that cannot easily be resolved she paints them around an erotic and pleasure charged story As Gordon dissects gender relationships religion and artistic integrity she never removes joy from her story The joys found in sex work food nature and friendship are found in overwhelming abundance As the novel progresses the different meanings of i Spending i become clear Yet the provocative story and fully drawn characters create an enjoyable path for the many discoveries that Gordon provides p p p p p, Raised by five intensely religious women and a charismatic controversial priest sheltered from the secular world Felicitas Maria Taylor is intelligent charming and desperate for a taste of ordinary happiness More freedom than she has ever imagined awaits her at Columbia University in the s There Felicitas falls in love with the worst man for her with shattering results Now she must turn again to the company of the women who love her as she struggles to embrace the future without betraying the past