I really enjoyed reading Florence Gordon by Brian Morton. The story begins with Florence setting out to write her memoirs, at the age of seventy-five, in New York City where she has lived all her life. Her daughter-in-law, Janine, and her granddaughter, Emily, have been in NYC for several months. Her son, Daniel, a Seattle policeman joins his family for a vacation.
Florence is a published essayist and has been a force in the feminist movement for years. The character of Florence Gordon is outspoken, opinionated and brusque. I really enjoyed her. She decides at one point that she needs an assistant and employs Emily to do her research for her. This interaction gives us a chance to learn more about each of these characters and what limits they will enforce in relationships.
Emily has a needy and troubled boyfriend, named Justin and Janine starts a flirtation with a fellow researcher named Lev. All the characters are well developed and the writing is excellent. As I said earlier, I enjoyed this book but I had some problems with the ending.
What did Janine decide? What about Daniel? What happened to Justin? We do learn what becomes of Florence but I still had questions as to the details of her fate.
I would still recommend this book, regardless of the questions I had at the end. I think it would be a good book club book.