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Friday, January 16, 2015
How this author (male) got inside the head of this brilliant but cantankerous 75 year
old woman, I will never understand. Florence Gordon lives in NYC. She has led a highly intellectual life as a successful writer, speaker and leader of all things concerning feminists. Long ago divorced and leading life very much by her own drummer, Florence is finally writing her memoirs. Her son Daniel, his wife Janine and their daughter Emily unexpectedly show up in NYC via Seattle and throw Florence's life into a tailspin. She is not the type who hugs, is painfully honest and frankly enjoys being alone; people annoy her tremendously. While Daniel is taking some time off of work, Janine finds herself immersed in a fellowship and maybe a crush on her boss. Emily is taking an unexpected break from college and while struggling to find her calling, she begins to assist Florence with research. While everyone seems to be in awe and walk on eggshells around Florence, Emily tries to mirror her fearlessness and figure out what makes her tick. This story is about family, friends and following your dreams (which is not always the same as following your heart.) The characters are incredible. It is written in teeny tiny little chapters which I loved. It was like taking little bites of some delicious dessert. I did not want it to end. If I gave stars, it would be 5.