Florence Gordon (Paperback)

By Brian Morton

Mariner Books, 9780544570245, 320pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

October 2014 Indie Next List

“Irascible, intellectual, life-long activist Florence Gordon never sought the limelight, and her work now seems to be receding into feminist history. But, at 75, she receives a rapturous review in the New York Times. That, plus some disconcerting physical difficulties, increasingly unreasonable demands from her ex-husband, and the recent move of her son and his family to her Upper West Side neighborhood throw this fiercely controlled, independent woman off balance. Every character in this novel faces unexpected challenges and is vividly, memorably drawn. Florence's granddaughter, Emily, observes that 'each person is the center of a world.' Rarely has that been so richly demonstrated.”
— Banna Rubinow, The River's End Bookstore, Oswego, NY
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Exquisitely crafted . . . Witty, nuanced and ultimately moving. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, theSan Francisco Chronicle, Salon, andThe Millions, and a Best Fiction Book of the Year by theChristian Science Monitor. Finalist for the Kirkus Prize .Chicago TribuneEditor's Choice . An Indie Next Pick

Smart, funny, and compassionate . . . Florence Gordon] is a treat. People

Hilarious and addictive. San Francisco Chronicle


Meet Florence Gordon, a blunt, brilliant feminist. At seventy-five, Florence wants to be left alone to write her memoir and shape her legacy. But when her son and his family come to visit, they embroil Florence in their dramas, threatening her coveted solitude. Marked with searing wit, sophisticated intelligence, and a tender respect for humanity, Florence Gordonis cast with a constellation of unforgettable characters. Chief among them is Florence herself, who can humble fools with a single barbed line, but who eventually finds that there are some realities even she cannot outwit.

It's such a cliche to say a book makes you laugh and cry, but this one does, in the deftest way. Emily Gould, Paste

Deliciously sharp and deeply sympathetic . . . a truly gifted novelist. Adam Kirsch, Tablet

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