The Fascination Begins in the Mouth: Anger by Mary Gordon; Artwork by Shelagh Mulvaney


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Paper; offset printed text sewn into letterpress printed cover. Comes with printed brown-wrapper envelope for sending through mail

16 pp. 5.5 x 9.25 1000 numbered copies

Price: $10

ISBN: 1-888553-04-9

First appearing in The New York Times Book Review in 1993, The Fascination Begins in the Mouth: Anger is reprinted as a stand alone piece: an eloquent, poetic, and poinant narrative on anger. Gordon’s topic, the uncomfortable yet interesting complexity of human emotion, is visually addressed by the highly charged imagery of the female figure as expressed by artist Shelagh Mulvaney.

Mary Gordon

Mary Catherine Gordon has no memory of not wanting to be a writer—even when she wanted to be a nun. She was born in 1949 in Rockaway, New York. Gordon has become known for her investigations of Catholic family life, Catholic spirituality, thwarted love, moral struggle, personal sacrifice, female identity, and family pain. She is often praised for her deep insights, lyrical writing, and what Los Angeles Times critic Ellen Akins called, “her delicate rendering of the drama of consciousness.”

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