"In this return to nonfiction after two critically acclaimed works of fiction, Mary Gordon gives us a rich, bittersweet memoir about her mother, their relationship and her role as daughter." "Gordon writes about Anna in all of her roles: sister, breadwinner, woman of faith and single mother. We discover Anna's wry and often biting humor, her appreciation of life's simple pleasures, her courage in breaking out of the narrow confines of her birth. Toward the end of Anna's life, we watch the author take on all the burdens and blessings of caring for her mother in old age, beginning even then to reclaim from memory the vivid woman who helped her sail forth into her own life." "Bringing her exceptional talent for detail, character, and scene to bear on the life of her mother, Gordon gives us a deeply felt and powerfully moving book."--BOOK JACKET.