What evidence is there in Mary Gordon’s work of her Roman Catholic background?
How do the themes of guilt and redemption appear in Gordon’s works?
How does the theme of forgiveness function in Gordon’s works?
How does Gordon characterize a good marriage? A destructive marriage?
What difficulties does Gordon point out in the relationships between mothers and daughters?
Gordon’s novels often show a close relationship between a well-meaning but domineering man, perhaps a father or a priest, and a younger girl or woman. To what extent are these relationships beneficial? When do they become destructive?
Gordon’s novels are often open-ended. What do you think would happen to her characters in the future?