Meet Florence Gordon: blunt, brilliant, cantankerous, and passionate, a feminist icon to young women, invisible and underappreciated by most 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 memoir, her son Daniel returns to New York with his wife and daughter, and they embroil Florence in their dramas, clouding the clarity of her days with the frustrations of middle age and the confusions of youth. And then there is her left foot, which is starting to drag. Brian Morton here introduces a cast of unforgettable characters.
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by Brian Jacques
"One of the challenges of narrating a character-driven novel is allowing listeners to form their own opinions about the protagonists. Dawn Harvey's dramatic performance of this story about a 75-year-old feminist writer and her family sounds intrusive. Harvey's intonations and pauses heavily signal passages she interprets as sarcastic or funny, preventing listeners from reacting directly to the prose. The novel explores personal secrets, the pressures of self-imposed and family expectations, and aging, but Harvey's clipped presentation and storytelling approach leave no room for contemplation. Inconsistent vocalization of the dialogue, with inflections that are sometimes mismatched to the characters' personalities, further distance the listener. This beautifully written work, which portrays three generations of women as they face identity issues, is better enjoyed in print. C.B.L. "
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