Mary Gordon Archive

Mary Gordon’s Spending: A Different Breed of Fantasy Lit

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Several years back, I read a book that was unlike nearly any other I’d read before in one striking way: nothing particularly bad happened in it. The protagonist experienced minor internal struggles and dilemmas, but basically, everything came up roses. This felt like a major departure from Great Literature

A Perfect Failure: Mary Gordon’s “City Life”

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I always get a little nervous when a fictional character broadcasts loudly and forcefully what he wants. It’s the definitiveness that makes me uncomfortable, because that clarity of desire kicks off an unhealthy obsession; in the end, disappointment seems inevitable.

Awards to Ploughshares Writers

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Our congratulations to the following Ploughshares writers who work has been selected for these anthologies: Best Stories: Jamie Quatro’s story “Sinkhole,” from the Spring 2012 issue edited by Nick Flynn, will appear in O. Henry Prize Stories 2013, selected by a prize jury of Lauren Groff, Edith Pearlman, and

More Pushcart Prize Nominees

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In December we announced our nominees for the Pushcart Prize, as seen in the 2012 issues of Ploughshares. Last week, we received a list of further nominations of poetry and prose published in 2012 in Ploughshares. Good luck to all the nominees! Fiction “Gondwana” by Steve Almond, from Ploughshares

Three Excerpts from Spring ’10 Fiction

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We have shifted gears to the Spring 2010 Ploughshares–look at the new color scheme on our home page! As a bonus to our loyal blog readers, here are three brief excerpts from pieces Elizabeth Strout handpicked for the issue. If you subscribe now, you’ll receive this issue as soon