Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780307276780, 297pp.
Publication Date: June 6, 2006
When Isabel Moore's father dies, she finds herself, at the age of thirty, suddenly freed from eleven years of uninterrupted care for a helpless man. With all the patterns of her life suddenly rendered meaningless, she turns to childhood friends for support, gets a job, and becomes involved with two very different men. But just as her future begins to emerge, her past throws up a daunting challenge.
A moving story of self-reinvention, Final Payments is a timeless exploration of the nature of friendship, desire, guilt, and love.
Mary Gordon's most recent novel is "Spending."
“A first class writer. . . . A splendid balancing act of the intellect and the emotions on a high-tension wire.”—The New York Times
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