What makes Florence Gordon so enjoyable is the character of Florence herself. To me she was a mix of my aunt, Elaine Stritch and a bit of Margaret Atwood. Not bad. She is strong, opinionated, quirky and fiercely independent. And perhaps a little outrageous, but that’s what makes her great.
The book explores her relationship with her family, who have suddenly descended on New York and her attempts to write her memoirs. In the course of the book she is catapulted to fame and it is interesting to see what fame does to someone of her age and standing.
Who would like this book? Florence Gordon (the character) is most well-known as a feminist, so the book will obviously appeal to those with a feminist inclination. But Florence Gordon is much more than that, it is a chronicle of the past 75 years and would likely appeal to people who lived through those times. It is also a wonderful portrayal of New York City.