In these beautifully rendered novellas, the writer introduces three women, each of whom tells the story of the lover who most altered her life. In Immaculate Man he is a priest, a virgin at the age of forty-three. In Living at Home he is an Italian war correspondent who wants nothing but her body and the sanctuary of their house - until he is seized by news of another revolution. And in The Rest of Life, he is an intellectual teenager inspired by the Romantic poets to make a suicide pact. He is remembered six decades later by the woman with whom he made the pact. She decided to live.
"Mary Gordon's fiction is the work of a humane, masterly novelist . . . whose] great gift is making us care about her people." - Newsweek
"Each of the three novellas gives us a woman's love story . . . beautifully written and moving." - The Boston Globe