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The Family Man by Elinor Lipman
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The Family Man—Elinor Lipman ***
Retired gay lawyer Henry Archer reunites with adopted daughter Thalia after her second adopted father's death. It was 24 years after he gave up a custody battle that had him painted as unfit because of his sexuality. It may sound complicated but it's really not because "The Family Man" is about witty dialog. This is a book to read after reading a book about extreme hardship, and you look forward to a diversion.

There's nothing really bad about this novel; it just wasn’t what I needed when I read it. It’s a cute, charming little book with a lot of snappy talk. It’s enjoyable! It’s different from Lipman’s previous books: Isabel's Bed, The Inn at Lake Devine, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift.

Not a lot of depth, but sometimes that’s what is needed. Have you read “The Given Day”? Excellent, but you need a book like this afterwards.

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