Title Profile & Character Information

Mary after All

Annotation
"Meet Mary Nolan (nee Marelli), a tough-talking Jersey City native who comes of age during the turbulent 1970s. Adored by the small-time Mafia types in her extended Italian American family - formidable but doting figures like her grandpa Louie, Tony the Horse, and Charlie Cuppacoffee - Mary grew up believing she could always count on men to protect her. But after marrying young to escape her parents, Mary finds herself sidelined by life with a philandering husband and two needy young sons, her dreams as shattered as the city around her." "By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Mary tells of her unusual route to independence, and about the lives she touches - and is touched by - along the way. From Aunt Dot and Aunt Loretta, who get her started in "business," to the ex-nuns who listen to her troubles even as they ask her for relationship advice, to the nosy neighborhood housewives determined to befriend her, Mary finds allies in the unlikeliest of places. How she learns to stand on her own "legitimately" - triumphantly - is the heart of Bill Gordon's first novel."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameNoland, Mary
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsHousewife
 Housewife
TraitsItalian American
Married
Mother
Italian American
Married
Mother

NameNoland, Bobby
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsTruck driver
 Truck driver
TraitsMarried
Father
Married
Father

GenreComing of age
Domestic
Fiction
Psychological
TopicsWomen's lives
Family relationships
Marriage
Motherhood
Infidelity
Divorce
Personal growth
Independence
Women's lives
Family relationships
Marriage
Motherhood
Infidelity
Divorce
Personal growth
Independence
SettingJersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City, New Jersey
Urban
Urban