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Elinor Lipman

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Elinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society; essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets.. Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism. She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001. Her first novel, "Then She Found Me," was adapted for the screen, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick. Her fourth novel, "The Inn at Lake Devine" was adapted for the off-off Broadway stage by Tongue in Cheek Theater. In 2011-2012, she held the Elizabeth Drew chair in creative writing at Smith College. ...more

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Elinor Lipman Update on that 12th novel: It has a title and a pub date: "Good Riddance," will be published on Feb. 5, 2019. I've started the next one, no title; as …moreUpdate on that 12th novel: It has a title and a pub date: "Good Riddance," will be published on Feb. 5, 2019. I've started the next one, no title; as ever, no outline so proceeding one sentence at a time. I don't move forward until I've revised and polished the chapter I've just finished, At this moment, in chapter 3, I'm still figuring it out. But that's typical!
"Good Riddance" involves a daughter who inherits a high school yearbook that was dedicated to her mother, who became overly invested in that class. Complications ensue! (less)
Elinor Lipman There was a dark, creepy house on my childhood street, in a thicket of overgrown Fantasia-like trees and shrubs and weeds--the whole thing looming lar…moreThere was a dark, creepy house on my childhood street, in a thicket of overgrown Fantasia-like trees and shrubs and weeds--the whole thing looming large in my memory. The owner had been a reclusive widow, always dressed in a long black, witchy dress, rarely seen. I used to cross the street rather than walk past her house and certainly never trick-or-treated there. Fast forward forty-plus years and I found out that my best childhood friend had bought the house and had moved in. I was astonished. I was going to write an essay about visiting a house as an adult that had spooked me as a child, but then it struck me as not only a setting for a novel, but a character in ON TURPENTINE LANE. It's not a mystery, but does have a bit of whodunnit in it. (less)
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On Turpentine Lane

3.55 avg rating — 8,049 ratings — published 2017 — 12 editions
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The Inn at Lake Devine

3.78 avg rating — 5,904 ratings — published 1998 — 14 editions
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Good Riddance

3.12 avg rating — 6,631 ratings — published 2019 — 11 editions
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The View from Penthouse B

3.56 avg rating — 4,248 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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The Family Man

3.57 avg rating — 4,054 ratings — published 2009 — 18 editions
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Then She Found Me

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The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

3.46 avg rating — 2,381 ratings — published 2003 — 16 editions
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My Latest Grievance

3.52 avg rating — 2,328 ratings — published 2006 — 17 editions
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Isabel's Bed

3.57 avg rating — 2,181 ratings — published 1995 — 18 editions
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The Ladies' Man

3.42 avg rating — 1,633 ratings — published 1998 — 14 editions
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“It was a noteworthy lesson, even for someone who'd been fed a daily diet of italicized lessons: that people in high places, luminaries with advanced degrees in Classics and in possession of excellent manners, can disappoint you as profoundly as anyone else.”
Elinor Lipman, My Latest Grievance

“There is an old Jewish story, an ordinary Jewish joke. A father was teaching his little son to be less afraid and have more courage. “Jump,” he said, “and I will catch you.” And the little boy trusted him and the little boy jumped. And when his father caught him he felt filled with love. And when he didn’t, he was filled with something else…something more. Life. (From the movie 'Then She Found Me.')”
Elinor Lipman, Then She Found Me

“That's how it was on Irving Circle and how I was raised: You made the best out of what was within reach, which meant friendships engineered by parents and by the happenstance of housing. I stayed with it because we both had queenly older sisters who rarely condescended to play with us, because Shelley was adopted and I was not, because Shelley had Clue and Life, and I did not”
Elinor Lipman, The Inn at Lake Devine

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