Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) is an irascible seventy-five-year old Manhattan feminist, activist, and intellectual with no patience for tedious, directionless mediocrity. Yet against her preferences, her world seems to include her ex-husband, Lev, a failed academic; her son, Daniel, a policeman (!); his wife, Janine, a fawning dilettante; and her granddaughter, Emily, so young, and, really what are the youth of today thinking about? Do they even read? Well, Florence is about to discover that they do. Thanks to Emily’s persistent willingness to push back and argue, and Brian Morton’s richly evocative, patient story-telling style, over the course of a year, Florence rediscovers the meaning of family.
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