A Vintage Shorts “Short Story Month” Original Selection
Brave, intelligent, fierce—eighteen-year-old Silvia knows how to handle men. When she discovered that her Salsa-dancing father’s been hiding an affair, she threw him out of the apartment she shared with her mother and changed the locks. But, Will is just so unlike the men that Silvia has known. He is privileged, irritating, and handsome. He wears disheveled clothes, never washes his tub, almost never eats sugar, and talks about faith and love. When Silvia falls ill, he takes gentle care of her until she recovers. And, when she gets an invitation to her father’s 50th birthday, Will urges her to go and offer a second chance to the one man she swore she would never forgive.
In this entrancing and masterful new story, award-winning writer Mary Gordon beautifully lays bare the passions and torments of a fearless young woman struggling with her heritage and impossibly torn between two men and the two very different worlds they inhabit.
Mary Gordon is the author of eight novels, including Final Payments, Pearl, and The Love of My Youth; six works of nonfiction, including the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and three collections of short fiction, including The… More about Mary Gordon
“Gordon’s skills are formidable; her writing, careful and exact. . . . [She] excels at the kind of minute observations that make her characters real.” —The Boston Globe
“The intelligence that breathes through [Gordon’s] 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.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Pitch-perfect. . . . .Gordon’s voice is wry, her prose velvety.” —Oprah Magazine