Spending: A Utopian Divertimento (Paperback)
Monica Szabo, a middle-aged, moderately successful painter, encounters B, a wealthy commodities broker who collects her work. B volunteers to be her muse, offering her everything that male artists have always had to produce great art: time, space, money, and sex.
Passionate, provocative, and highly engaging, Spending displays Gordon's maverick feminism, her extraordinary wit, and her unique perspectives on art, money, men, sex -- and the desires of women.
About the Author
Mary Gordon is also the author of the novels "The Company of Women, The Rest of Life, " and "The Other Side, " as well as a critically acclaimed memoir, "The Shadow Man." Winner of the Lila Acheson Wallace Reader's Digest Writer's Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 1996 O. Henry Prize for best short story, she teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Creamy, witty prose.
The Plain Dealer
By turns as subtle as Colette, as funny as a slapstick comedy, and as steamy as a bodice-ripper, Spending is Mary Gordon's most seriously entertaining novel yet.
Gordon has created a believable artist....The book [has] a remarkable sensuousness...the bedroom scenes resound with the loveliness and mystery of the human form. Meals become vivid exercises in sense-enhancement.
Time Out New York
[A] smart, seductive book...with an abundance of wit and charm.