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In the tradition of Roddy Doyle's The Woman Who Walked Into Doors comes a brilliant feat of literary ventriloquism, a debut novel by a male author introducing a one-of-a-kind female narrator.

Meet Mary Nolan (née Marelli), a tough-talking Jersey City native who comes of age during the turbulent 1970s. Adored by the small-time mafia types in her extended Italian American family–formidable but doting figures like her grandpa Louie, Tony the Horse, and Charlie Cuppacoffee–Mary grew up believing she could always count on men to protect her. But after marrying young to escape her parents, Mary finds herself sidelined by life with a philandering husband and two needy young sons, her dreams as shattered as the city around her.

By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Mary tells of her unusual route to independence, and about the lives she touches–and is touched by–along the way. From Aunt Dot and Aunt Loretta, who get her started in "business," to the ex-nuns who listen to her troubles even as they ask her for relationship advice, to the nosy neighborhood housewives determined to befriend her, Mary finds allies in the unlikeliest of places. How she learns to stand on her own "legitimately"–triumphantly–is the heart of Bill Gordon's remarkable first novel.

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Growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s in an extended Italian-American family, Mary Nolan had always believed that she could count on men to protect her, until she finds her dreams shattered by a philandering husband and two needy young sons, but with the help of a group of ex-nuns, her colorful Mafioso relatives, and fellow frustrated housewives, she turns her life around. A first novel. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

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Bill Gordon's work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mississippi Review, New York Press, Christopher Street, and Downtown. He received an MFA from Columbia University. He grew up in Jersey City and now lives in New York. Mary After All is his first novel.

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About the Author

Bill Gordon's work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mississippi Review, New York Press, Christopher Street, and Downtown. He received an MFA from Columbia University. He grew up in Jersey City and now lives in New York. Mary After All is his first novel.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307423177
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Gordon, Bill
Author:
Bill Gordon
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20051227
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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Mary after All: A Novel
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Product details 288 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780307423177 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s in an extended Italian-American family, Mary Nolan had always believed that she could count on men to protect her, until she finds her dreams shattered by a philandering husband and two needy young sons, but with the help of a group of ex-nuns, her colorful Mafioso relatives, and fellow frustrated housewives, she turns her life around. A first novel. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Bill Gordon's work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mississippi Review, New York Press, Christopher Street, and Downtown. He received an MFA from Columbia University. He grew up in Jersey City and now lives in New York. Mary After All is his first novel.

From the Hardcover edition.

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