My rating: 5 of 5 stars
FLORENCE GORDON is about a smart, cantankerous, plainspoken old feminist, exactly the kind of old lady I aspire to be (some might say I’ve already achieved my goal). She’s honest to the point of tactlessness and doesn’t suffer fools gladly. As the book opens, she’s trying to write a memoir of her heady early years. The book is really not about feminism; it’s about three generations, Florence, her daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter, each trying to figure out their place in the world. There’s not a whole lot of plot–just great characters, great dialogue, and great commentary on fame, careers, family, and old age. We read it for book group and it sparked a lively discussion. The author writes from a woman’s point of view quite effectively.