Mary Gordon is a superb writer and this book was auspicious beginning of her career. Gordon is an intelligent, insightful, and witty writer.
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.
A first class writer. . . . A splendid balancing act of the intellect and the emotions on a high-tension wire.The New York Times
"A novel of great vitality and wit. . . . It can be read on many levels and enjoyed on every one of them." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Incredibly perceptive and good."Houston Chronicle
"Every so often a first novel of extraordinary quality . . . becomes a commercial as well as artistic success. . . . It couldn't happen to a better novel."Los Angeles Times