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The Ladies' Man by Elinor Lipman
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The Ladies' Man (1999)

by Elinor Lipman

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  michelestjohn | Jun 5, 2013 |
This novel is amusing enough but ultimately unsatisfying. The characters, who are all in great need of making fundamental life changes, do not change at all, or else they change so slowly that the novel ends before their fates become clear. I ended up wanting more of some characters, particularly the three sisters who form the centerpiece of the novel, and less of others, particularly the “ladies’ man’s” girlfriend stranded back in California. The whole book felt a little askew, trying to say something but not quite succeeding. Disappointing. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 24, 2012 |
I do like Eleanor Lipman. This book is about Harvey Nash, who returns to Boston three decades after standing his fiance up at their engagement party. He does not get the welcome he seeks from her, or her two sisters. Snide and funny. ( )
  annesadleir | Nov 17, 2011 |
Harvey Nash skipped out on his own engagement party. Thirty years later, Nash drops in on his former (almost) bride-to-be to see what has transpired in the intervening years. Clever plot. ( )
  debnance | Jan 29, 2010 |
Great fun -- great writing -- and a fun read. The three quirky, 50-ish sisters are some of the most interesting characters in fiction. ( )
  NewsieQ | Mar 27, 2007 |
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For Bob,
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In the months before Albert DeSalvo confessed to being the Boston Strangler, the three Dobbin sisters established their custom of arranging empty glass bottles like bowling pins inside their apartment door.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 037570731X, Paperback)

Soon after Nash Harvey, incurable womanizer and failing jingle composer, arrives at the Boston home of the Dobbin sisters, he is struck with a casserole dish. This isn't all that surprising, considering that Nash, onetime fiancé of Adele Dobbin, disappeared on the night of their engagement party, 30 years ago. Fresh from a failed romance with a Californian reflexologist, Nash brings chaos to the three sisters, all of whom has done the best to settle into spinsterhood. Unintentionally, he leads everyone he meets to a truer knowledge of him- or herself, and the possibilities of a brighter future. Five distinct but masterfully interwoven tales of the heart spin around the central, hilariously desperate mission of Nash, a man seeking to escape the inescapable.

Lipman writes with the wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen or Henry James. Her work ripples with startling segues into the perversities of male-female relationships. Yet for all this insight, her characters are drawn with companionable warmth. This is not a book about the bold and the beautiful. Her cast inhabits a twilight of TV dinners, graying hair, and disastrous dates, yet they never lose their hope or their capacity for love. A gourmet casserole of a book--drama, humor, and understanding in equally generous portions. --Matthew Baylis

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Advertising executive Harvey Nash, a famed womanizer, returns to his fiancee, 30 years after walking out on her. Still single, Adele Dobbin lives with two unmarried sisters and the result is a menage a quatre, plus all the other women in his life.

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