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The Ladies' Man by Elinor Lipman
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Jan 01, 2011

really liked it

At first glance, this book seems a bit formulaic - long-lost love returns (to apologize?) and heroine must decide what to do! But Lipman does a wonderful job of keeping me guessing as the path of the novel strays here, there and everywhere except the path I expected. This was the usual fun Lipman book with intelligent people involved in relationships with eccentric parents, lovers, children, etc. In this case a divorced man who, for two delightful years had been the father of his wife's toddler, reconnects with the now grown woman and enters into her unconventional life. We meet the ex-wife with her chaotic life, a new lover with a sense of fun who hasn't yet come out to his mother, who of course, already knows, a rescued greyhound....well, you get the idea. All in all, this is a funny, romantic book, like a Jane Austen for this generation.

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