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Elinor Lipman

Author of The Inn at Lake Devine

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About the Author

Author of novels and short stories, Elinor Lipman was born October 16, 1950 in Lowell, Mass. and earned an B.A. from Simmons College. After college, Lipman worked as a public information officer for the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission. She also worked as a managing editor for the show more Massachusetts Teachers Association, and she was a special instructor in communications at Simmons College. She served as visiting assistant professor of creative writing from at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Titles of her works include "Into Love and Out Again", "Then She Found Me", "The Way Men Act", "The Inn at Lake Devine", and "Isabel's Bed"'. Her work has been included in anthologies such as New Fiction, and she has frequently contributed stories and reviews to magazines and newspapers, including Cosmopolitan, Wigwag, New York Times, and Playgirl. She is a two-time recipient of distinguished story citations in Best American Short Stories. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Elinor Lipman

The Inn at Lake Devine (1998) 836 copies
Then She Found Me (1990) 668 copies
The Family Man (2009) 565 copies
Isabel's Bed (1995) 557 copies
My Latest Grievance (2006) 543 copies
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (2003) 526 copies
The Ladies' Man (1999) 411 copies
On Turpentine Lane (2017) 352 copies
The Way Men Act: A Novel (1992) 319 copies
The Dearly Departed (2001) 307 copies
The View from Penthouse B (2013) 294 copies
Good Riddance (2019) 263 copies
Ms. Demeanor (2023) 229 copies
Into Love and Out Again (1987) 112 copies

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This is a collection of short stories set in New York City. As the title implies, the focus is on love … falling in love, attraction, heartbreak, excitement, intimacy, falling out of love.

Lipman peoples her work with a variety of urbanites. They are newly married, newly divorced, eager to meet “the one,” swearing off romance after a breakup. Some are focused on careers but find love in friendship. Some actively seek a partner. Some don’t want a long-term relationship, but a quick hook-up. All of them are interesting and, mostly, people I’d want to know. One couple, Tim and Hannah, meet in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and their romance unfolds over several stories in the book.

This was Lipman’s debut work. I’ve become a fan of hers in the last few years and decided to go back and read some of her earlier works. She writes with wit and tenderness and eyes wide open to her characters’ flaws and gifts.
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BookConcierge | 2 other reviews | Feb 6, 2024 |
Digital audiobook performed by Piper Goodeve

An attorney is spotted by a nosy neighbor with binoculars engaging in consensual sex on her rooftop patio. The outraged busybody calls police and Jane Morgan is convicted of indecent behavior and sentenced to six months of house confinement. With no job and stuck at home, life looks bleak. But then her doorman lets slip that there is another resident of her building who is also wearing an ankle monitor. And so Jane meets Perry Salisbury, whose white-collar crime doesn’t completely put him out of the picture.

This is a delightful modern-day rom-com with an interesting plot twist, or three. I just love Lipman’s sense of humor!

Jane’s twin sister provides moral (and financial) support. Her relationship with Perry moves along nicely. But wait … why are police knocking on Jane’s door once again? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

The audiobook is performed by Piper Goodeve, who does a fine job. She sets a good pace, and I was engaged and entertained from beginning to end.
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BookConcierge | 12 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
I'm not sure how this book found its way into my kindle but I'm glad it did! The easiest way to describe this for me is a romantic comedy movie in book form.

Fast paced, sweet, funny, sappy. All the best things with just enough plot to keeps things chugging along.

Perfect easy reading. I'll pick up more of her books for sure.
hmonkeyreads | 49 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Madcap, zany, hilarious are words that come to mind when I think about this book. It was both amusing and touching and just plain fun to read. Elinor Lipman created some wonderful characters and witty dialogue. Great book for when you need something light to read.
ellink | 49 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |



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