Links for the East Side Readers discussion
- 'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her
- Flavorwire Review: Why Are Honest Feminist Novels Like ‘Florence Gordon’ So Rare?
- Review: A Most Unlikable Woman
- Review: LA Review of Books
- Interview with Brian Morton
- Brian Morton on Writing the Novel You Don’t Want to Write
- Excerpt from the novel
- Reader Reviews at LibraryThing
- Sometimes the author moves back and forth between points of view, other times we see things from just one perspective. Does this technique work for you?
- Other bookbrowse discussion threads on FG
Misc. References from the novel
p 2: "Oh! pleasant exercise of hope and joy!
For mighty were the auxiliars which then stood
Upon our side, we who were strong in love!
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!—Oh! times,
In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways
Of custom, law, and statute, took at once
The attraction of a country in romance! ..." From "The French Revolution as It Appeared to Enthusiasts at Its Commencement" by William Wordsworth
p 9: VIIp. 20: The Country and the City is a 1973 book of cultural analysis by Raymond Williams.
"And here's John Synge himself, that rooted man,
'Forgetting human words,' a grave deep face.
You that would judge me, do not judge alone
This book or that, come to this hallowed place
Where my friends' portraits hang and look thereon;
Ireland's history in their lineaments trace;
Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends. "
W. B. Yeats, "The Municipal Gallery Revisited"
p. 21: Joan Scottp. 43: Town Hall debate between Norman Mailer and Germaine Greer ; buy it here.
p 45: Middlemarch is what Emily is reading.
p 48: When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fatp 57: Walter Mischel
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
by Jenny Joseph, “When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” See her video here.
p 64: Christopher Hitchens (seemingly not gay)
p 67: Gabriel's Restaurant
p 69: Martha Nussbaum ; see also this list of Jewish feminists, many of whose names are dropped.
First-wave feminism in the U.S.
p 91: The New Inquiry online magazine
p 96: Elizabeth Cady Stanton
p 97: Cynthia Ozick; Alice Munro
p 128: Redstockings; Off Our Backs; Votary=a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to religious service; also a devoted follower, adherent, or advocate of someone or something.
p 132: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing ; check this out (online reading project); and four women look back on the book.
p 139: "Yoko and me...." Line from John Lennon's song "God."
p 146: Gerda Lerner
p 161: The Charterhouse of Parma
p 168: George Vaillant
P 205: "Take it away, Angelo!"
p 227: ALS; Tony Judt
p 236: Willa Ruth Stone.... discussion about her speech (she seems not to be real)
p 258: Julius Martov
p 264: Free! Essays by Virginia Woolf... This one, "Professions for Women" describes the Angel in the House.