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Final Payments Paperback – June 6, 2006
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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Disposing of stuff is simple compared to deciding what to do with her life. Her friends try to help, but she must do this for herself. When she was her father's caregiver the church rewarded her with the "good girl" label. Even though she had already given up her Irish Catholic faith, she took comfort in being known as good.
Isabel struggles with ethics and morality in a world without her father, and without the restraints of her childhood faith. She relishes sensuality. She has sex with her friend's husband, and then falls in love with another married man. Shocked at her own behavior she fights to make up for her sins. She needs purification. Her self-imposed punishment is to live with, and become caretaker for her old housekeeper Margaret Casey, a repulsive witch of a woman, whom she has hated since childhood. She reasons if she can overcome her hatred for Margaret, she will be redeemed. A nun once told Isabel she didn't have to like someone to love them in God. But Isabel never understood this. How could she love Margaret if she didn't even like her?Read more ›
It's just too bad that so many of the characters are appalling. Although I admired the author's sense of irony, I wish she had been more generous with a sense of humour that occasionally percolated but never fully penetrated.
Talk about dysfunctional. Isabel Moore is finally in a position to set herself free after eleven years of nursing a badly crippled father. First he was crippled emotionally and then he became physically incapacitated by a stroke soon after his daughter did something that disappointed him mightily. The guilt that arises in Isabel will outlast even her widowed father's surprisingly long life. Isabel is 30 when he dies, and considers herself ancient. Today a 30-year-old woman would probably not consider herself passée. Yet perhaps at the same time a young woman today would not devote herself so completely to the care of a disabled parent. Still, Isabel's actions and reactions seem anachronistic even for 25 years ago, when this novel was written.
Isabel's thought processes are incredibly convoluted, but if you can get past her wobbly self perception (why does she attach herself to so many unlikeable people?) this book is worth reading. You may question much of the character motivation, but you will love the words and how the author has strung them together.
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Every parent (especially those in their 60s) should read this novel...this review will explain why. While I really didn't like the storyline, as it is hugely depressing-- I am... Read morePublished 6 months ago by No-Nonsense Reader
Incredibly deep and insightful, yet also a page-turner! Isabel was a truly complex, intelligent and realistic character. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sarabeth
Mary Gordon is a superb writer..it a pleasure to re-read this one. I have recommended it to my family. Thank youPublished on March 20, 2013 by Cynthia Plante
If you are a Mary Gordon fan, then this is another "must" for you. Other reviewers have left more detailed information. I merely recommend it.Published on January 14, 2013 by Osaggie
The attractive Isabel Moore, now thirty, has suddenly been cast adrift after laying to rest her bedridden, Catholic-intellectual, and demanding father, who she has taken care of... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by J. Grattan
I started to read the library's copy of Mary Gordon's "FINAL PAYMENTS," which was written in 1978. I hated that the pages were all dirty and bent. Read morePublished on June 3, 2012 by Dana R. Casella
Being Catholic, experiencing the recent death of a parent are events that I have experienced with the author. Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Gary A. Grelli
Mary Gordon is one of my favorite authors. I loved the biography of her mother "Circling My Mother" and that of her father "Shadow Man"and also "The Other Side". Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by willa cather