Florence Gordon

By Brian Morton
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9/23/2014)

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A wise and entertaining novel about a woman who has lived life on her own terms for seventy-five defiant and determined years, only to find herself suddenly thrust 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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Ceci's thoughts on "Florence Gordon"
updated on:12/1/2014

FLORENCE GORDON begins with an astonishing act of tactlessness that will surely divide readers into two camps: those who are appalled by Florence, and those who wish they had her gusto. I was quickly captivated by Florence’s brutally honest ways. Good humor and sharp writing make for an entertaining read and do raise the story above its basically schlocky premise – will her granddaughter unlock the heart we know lies within cranky, old Florence before it’s too late? But, essentially this is just another entry in the “cranky codger with a heart of gold” genre, and Florence herself would wonder why anyone would want to read that.

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Book Junky's thoughts on "Florence Gordon"
updated on:11/10/2014

I loved this book. I thought the characters were interesting, the conflicts they were dealing with were thought provoking, the dialogue was entertaining and the writing style was just so fun that I just wanted to keep reading and reading… BUT, I WANT MY MONEY BACK! We only got half a story. The writer established the characters well. Then he set up the conflicts for each character to deal with. Then he FREAKIN’ ended the story!!!!! Seriously? I loved these characters and wanted to know how they were going to DEAL with everything and whamo - story done and we did not get to learn how they handled ANYTHING.

I mean MAYBE he was making a commentary on how people influence us and leave us… maybe, I mean when you reread the last few pages you can see that is what he is trying to get away with. But, more than anything I felt the author got lazy and didn’t finish the job he set out to do. I’ve seen stories that leave a few things to the imagination, but this was ridiculous. It could be an incredibly “clever” way to make a point, but… It is more like you could see how the author was working away (or wasn’t) and then got a letter from their publisher that said something like, “Finish this book in the next two days or pay back your advance,” so the author just ends the story in a couple of pages.

I can not tell you how disappointed I am. I was really enjoying the story and the characters! I was shocked the night I finished it, then I moved on to anger and now I am just sad. Well, I take that back, I am still going back and forth between disappointed and plain pissed off. Seriously? That is how you end an interesting and thought provoking book? It was NOT a clever ending. It was a copout. I am giving the author the benefit of the doubt and since I liked everything I did read so much I am giving this a 3. But it should have been a 5 out of 5 if only he had finished the story…. "sniff," "sniff," tear rolling down the check… "Grr!"... book thrown across the room!

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"Florence Gordon"
By Brian Morton

Average Rating:
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3.00 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)

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