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The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

The Family Man

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A gentle story of complicated relationships, very American – language, characters, life-style, every aspect – and very entertaining. With a light touch, amusing and witty dialogue amongst largely intelligent people, it’s certainly one of her best.

Comparison: Elizabeth Berg, Anne Tyler, Laurie Graham.

If you like Elinor Lipman you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Berg, Curtis Sittenfeld and Liz Jensen.

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The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

THE FAMILY MAN is classic Elinor Lipman - irresistible, incisive and pure pleasure to read. Henry Archer is a lawyer: successful, gay, lonely. Thalia, his estranged step-daughter, is about to embark on a risky plan to further her Hollywood career. Henry needs love; Thalia needs family. But is moving Thalia and her complicated love-life into the basement of his Manhattan townhouse a recipe for disaster? Or might chaos be the making of them all?


'Elinor Lipman's social satire is Larry David without the high-pitched whine...It's hard (even annoying) to have to put her novels... down. Delightful... snappy and smart'
LA Times

'Sparkling...original, funny, achingly human characters'
Entertainment Weekly

'Elinor Lipman's tenth book finds her at the top of her singular game... Lipman's comic touch remains light but never slight. She writes dialogue that sizzles with playful, effortless wit'
National Public Radio

About the Author

Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman's sharp, funny, life-enhancing fiction is loved by readers everywhere, and by writers as varied as Anita Shreve and Nigella Lawson, Maggie O`Farrell and Carol Shields. Her novels include The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel`s Bed and The Way Men Act, and, most recently, My Latest Grievance: three are currently in development as feature films. Lipman`s novel Then She Found Me was the basis for a major film of the same name, released in 2008. She divides her time between Massachusetts and New York City.

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4th February 2010


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352 pages


Family Drama
Literary Fiction
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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