Men and Angels Author:Mary Gordon At 38, happily married and the mother of 2 children, Anne Foster, an art historian, finds herself separated from her husband for the first time when he leaves for an academic year's fellowship in France while she stays behind to take on the most challenging job of her career: writing the catalogue for a major exhibition of the work of Caroline W... more »atson, an American painter of the early 20th century, neglected during her lifetime but now being rediscovered.
The girl Anne has hired as a live-in babysitter does not appear, and she is almost forced to accept 20-year-old Laura, who has been highly recommended but who somehow puts Anne off. Laura, although Anne does not know it, is a religious fanatic who hopes to "save" Anne and the children.
A curius relationship develops between Anne and Laura, which continues to unsettle Anne. At the same time she is drawn more and more into the life of Caroline Watson, dead for 45 years. And somewhat to her astonishment, she finds herself attracted to a strange man. Suddenly everything that seemed so simple and straightforward in her life -- including her own reactions -- is called into doubt.
This is a novel about love -- the love between men and women, parents and children, friends, the artist and her work -- and about the failure of love when it cannot encompass the unlovable.« less