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The Other Side

Mary Gordon


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“An elegant and moving generational saga . . . Satisfying and emotionally rich.”—People
Both Ellen and Vincent left Ireland in the early part of this century, one bitterly escaping shame, humiliation, and fear; the other filled with hope for the promise and future of America—the “other side.” Together for more than sixty years, they raised a family, savored their dreams, comforted, challenged, and defied one another. Their desires and fears are manifested in the generations that follow—children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, each carrying as a legacy of the past, the need to find a true place in the family and in the world at large.
As she writes of passage and change, of the struggle of generations to find a common ground, Mary Gordon reveals that the dramas wrought by social and cultural forces can be resolved only in the realm of the heart.
“Epic in scope . . . The best of Mary Gordon’s fine books.” – The New York Times Book Review

Penguin Books, 9780140144086, 400pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 1990

About the Author

Mary Gordon, Professor of English at Barnard College, is the bestselling author of five novels, three collections of short stories, and a memoir. Her books include The Rest of Life, The Other Side and Spending. She lives in New York City.