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Final Payments

by Mary Gordon

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  Carole-Ann | Aug 9, 2014 |
Couldn't finish this. Despite Gordon's gorgeous first chapter, the novel collapsed--cheap dialogue, predictable plot, uninspiring characters. Besides, I didn't like the world-view--solipsistic and hopeless. ( )
  ElizabethAndrew | May 13, 2013 |
Final Payments by Mary Gordon (2006)
  michelestjohn | Mar 26, 2010 |
After eleven years of devotion to her father, Isabel Moore suddenly finds herself with what most of us dream of: a chance to create a totally new existence. Witty, brave, intelligent and passionate, she sets out to conquer the world. She is supported by the loving encouragement of two old school friends, rapidly becomes involved with two men, both married - and then discovers that before she can grasp the present she must make her final payments to the past.
  DunnFunKat | Sep 18, 2007 |
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When Isabel Moore's father dies, she finds herself, at the age of thirty, suddenly freed from eleven years of uninterrupted care for a helpless man. With all the patterns of her life suddenly rendered meaningless, she turns to childhood friends for support, gets a job, and becomes involved with two very different men. But just as her future begins to emerge, her past throws up a daunting challenge.

A moving story of self-reinvention, Final Payments is a timeless exploration of the nature of friendship, desire, guilt, and love.

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Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother's desire for him to learn the saxophone and Italian -- all at the tender age of five. Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.… (more)

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