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The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
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Few novels manage to combine humor and sadness the way this one does. It touches on anti-Semitism without being heavy-handed, and brings a varied cast of characters to a new understanding of themselves and others. Lipman has a quirky sense of humor and sets up a wonderful premise here in an interesting location. You have to love a protagonist who, learning that a resort on a New England lake doesn't accept Jewish guests, sets out to expose the innkeepers in such an inventive way. There's a romance at the center of this novel, just enough off kilter that it kept my attention and my pages turning so quickly that I read this in a day. It is set in Vermont and Massachusetts in the 60s and 70s, yet it felt like my childhood growing up in the Catskills. This was a wonderful coming-of-age book that was well written and funny, with great dialog and characters who feel incredibly real. This is probably my favorite Elinor Lipman book!

Question: the dedication implies that this is based on a true story--does anyone know if it is?
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