Read, Love, Repeat: Three Novels by Elinor Lipman

Read, Love, Repeat: Three Novels by Elinor Lipman

By:  Elinor Lipman

For longtime fans and new readers alike, Read, Love, Repeat: Three Novels by Elinor Lipman collects three beloved works (My Latest Grievance, The Family Man, The View from Penthouse B) by the “enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist”* Elinor Lipman. (*Fay Weldon, The Washington Post

 

MY LATEST GRIEVANCE 

 

My Latest Grievance stars the beguiling teenager Frederica Hatch, the “Eloise of Dewing College.” Born and raised in the dormitory of this small women's college and chafing under the care of “the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization,” Frederica is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. That all changes with the arrival on campus of a new dorm mother, the glamorous Laura Lee French, the frenetic center of her own universe. 

 

THE FAMILY MAN 

 

A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer’s ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother—Denise, Henry’s ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry’s Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life—and maybe even new love—in the commotion. 

 

THE VIEW FROM PENTHOUSE B 

 

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious Greenwich Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it’s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort, she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony. 

 

As the three swap moneymaking schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age from one of our finest comic writers.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358003984

  • ISBN-10: 0358003989

  • Pages: 848

  • Price: $24.99

  • Publication Date: 07/17/2018

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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Elinor Lipman

ELINOR LIPMAN is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can't Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in New York City.
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    Praise for The Family Man 

     

    “A sparkling, sprightly comedy . . . As always, the pleasure of a Lipman book is not so much the wispy plot but the original, funny, achingly human characters. Grade: A.”—Entertainment Weekly 

     

    “Elinor Lipman's patented blend of wit, whimsy, and love for her characters makes every sentence of The Family Man shine. The book is a delightful Manhattan romp that offers 300-plus pages of pure reading pleasure.”—Stephen McCauley, author of The Object of My Affection 

     

    “Hilarious and moving . . . The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman's knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review 

     

    “Delightful in every sense, the ever-witty Lipman's latest comedy of modern manners is bright, breezy, and altogether beguiling.”—Booklist 

     

    “With all the requisite elements, including sparkling dialog, a clash of personalities, and delightfully flawed characters—not to mention unusual family situations and overbearing matriarchs—this book offers readers hints of Lipman's previous books . . . Evocative of both Jane Austen and Entertainment Weekly, this will be another hit with Lipman fans.”—Library Journal, starred review 

     

    Praise for The View from Penthouse B 

     

    The View from Penthouse B mixes sisters, online dating, and Bernie Madoff's victims into a witty confection.”—Parade 

     

    “Lipman’s acuity as a social observer makes her voice seem to belong to a wise and funny friend.”—Boston Globe  

     

    “A sly comedy of modern manners.”—Miami Herald 

     

    “It’s all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters’ foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease.”—Washington Post 

     

Available Resources

Related Categories

  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780358003984

  • ISBN-10: 0358003989

  • Pages: 848

  • Price: $24.99

  • Publication Date: 07/17/2018

  • Carton Quantity: 1

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