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THE OTHER SIDE.

Gordon, Mary.

ISBN 10: 0670825662 / ISBN 13: 9780670825660
Published by VIKING. NY 1989, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. INSCRIBED by the author twice! Once on the front endpaper. The, again, on the half-title page. Very close to fine in dj. (Hint of faint foxing at top edge); Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 14285

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Title: THE OTHER SIDE.

Publisher: VIKING. NY 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A tale spanning two continents brings three generations of the McNamara clan together to help fulfill a sixty-year-old promise to Ellen, the family's dying matriarch

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Gordon's talents as a mesmerizing storyteller and a chronicler of the human heart come together in a brutally honest and tenderly compassionate novel about a family who transcend their particularities to represent the saga of Irish immigrants and their descendants in America--"the Other Side." Married for 66 years, Ellen and Vincent MacNamara have parented three children (one died in WW II), raised two of their five grandchildren and passed from penury into the middle class. Now Ellen lies dying, emerging briefly from her semi-comatose state to scream and fight against the shackling of her soul in a moribund body; in one such rage, she knocked Vincent down, breaking his hip. Vincent is returning home after convalescence to honor his promise to stay with Ellen until she dies. Most of their family still live within a several-block radius in Queens, N.Y., and they have gathered for Vincent's return. In spare, astringent prose and beautifully controlled kaleidoscopic episodes, Gordon delineates the four generations of this family, exposing their personalities by virtue of her ironic eye. The offspring of the marriage between high-principled, indomitable Ellen, whose "love for vengeance would mark her life," and gentle, steady Vincent have carried a heritage of stony anger and heartache. They illustrate a tragedy common to many families: that two people connected in passionate union may produce children they cannot love. More fundamentally, the MacNamaras represent the Irish: "unhappiness was bred into the bone, a message in the blood . . . they had to thwart joy in their lives." Gordon shows how difficult it is for anyone "to make a life," to persevere in a personal quest for happiness while attempting to not hurt others. In the end, she has illumined "this impossible endeavor" with rare candor and understanding. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild featured alternate; author tour.
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