Florence Gordon

Florence Gordon

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A wise andentertaining novel abouta woman whohaslived life on her ownterms for seventy-fivedefiant and determined years, only to find herselfsuddenlythrust to the center of her family s various catastrophes Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous and passionate, feminist icon to young women, invisible to almost everyone else. At seventy-five, Florence has earned her right to set down the burdens of family and work and shape her legacy at long last. But just as she is beginning to write her long-deferred memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York from Seattle with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days and threatening her well-defended solitude. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag . With searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity in all its flaws, Brian Morton introduces a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them, Florence, who can humble the fools surrounding her with one barbed line, but who eventually finds there are realities even she cannot outwit."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 306 pages
  • 150 x 231 x 33mm | 522g
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 0544309863
  • 9780544309869
  • 1,118,116

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""Florence Gordon" belongs on the very short list of wonderful novels about older women. Florence, the brilliant, cranky, solitude-craving feminist writer, is an indelible character, and her New York--the fading city of books and writers and melancholy oddballs--lives on in these immensely pleasurable pages."
--Katha Pollit, author of "Learning to Drive: and Other Life Stories""Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
--"Kirkus," starred review"Morton's characters are sharply drawn, vivid in temperament and behavior, and his prose smartly reveals Florence's strength and dignity."
--"Publishers Weekly," starred review"Combining a rigorous intellect and a deep humanity, this is the story of a feminist hero, a family coming together and apart, and the ways we interpret the past and attempt to face the future. Most of all, "Florence Gordon" shows how passion -- of one type or the other -- shapes a heart."
--Alice Sebold, author of "The Lovely Bones""Perceptive isn't a strong enough word to describe Brian Morton's insight into family dynamics; psychic is more like it. From the nuances of a long marriage to the inevitable, infinitely sad divisions and tender connections between grandparents and parents and children, Morton nails it all. And somehow he still manages to be funny, even as he breaks your heart."
--Emily Gould, author of "Friendship""Florence Gordon is a marvelous creation. Like many great characters in English literature, she is a sacred monster, fully realized and richly present in the pages of this thoroughly enjoyable book."
--Vivian Gornick, author of "Fierce Attachments" and "Approaching Eye Level ""A marvelously wise, compassionate, funny, rueful and altogether winning novel. Brian Morton knows inside-out this tri
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3,538 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 18% (636)
4 43% (1,506)
3 30% (1,049)
2 8% (273)
1 2% (74)
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