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"Hilarious and moving . . . The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman's knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw." – Publishers Weekly (starred)

A hysterical phone call from Henry Archers ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother — Denise, Henrys ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henrys Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life — and maybe even new love – in the commotion.

A venture into new geography and slightly different chambers of the heart for the best comic novelist writing today, THE FAMILY MAN is also classic Lipman – irresistible, incisive, and pure pleasure to read.

Review:

"A divorced gay man's vanquished paternalism returns when he reconnects with his long-lost stepdaughter in Lipman's hilarious and moving 10th novel. Set in New York, the book opens with Henry Archer phoning his ex-wife, Denise, to offer condolences over the death of her husband, the man Denise divorced then-closeted Henry for. Upon visiting Denise, Henry notices photos of now grown stepdaughter Thalia, a charming wannabe actress he recognizes from the hair salon in his neighborhood, and determines to reenter her life. What ensues is a heartwarming reconnection as Henry and Thalia relearn what it means to be a father and daughter, respectively. When Thalia is hired by a PR firm to play the role of real-life girlfriend to a struggling actor, Henry's fatherly instinct and legal background compel him to ask Thalia to move in with him and to serve as her attorney. During the process of managing Thalia's career, Henry also grows closer to Denise, meets a handsome man and rediscovers the joy of family. The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman's knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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I met Elinor Lipman some years ago at a three-day writers' conference in Fort Worth. About six of us were entertained lavishly and given keys to the city. Lipman was fresh, radiant, dewy, and the editor of the local book review section developed a tremendous crush on her. After the introductory dinner he took us dancing at a private club, but he danced only with her. A "great" novelist was one of our... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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A hysterical phone call from his ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend Henry Archer's well-ordered life to bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago 320 pp.

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In this screwball New York comedy from "an Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post Book World), a man reconnects with a long-lost stepdaughter and finds his life turned upside down.

PRAISE FOR ELINOR LIPMAN AND THE FAMILY MAN

"Elinor Lipmans patented blend of wit, whimsy, and love for her characters makes every sentence of The Family Man shine. The book is a delightful Manhattan romp that offers 300-plus pages of pure reading pleasure." Stephen McCauley, author of THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION

"About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades." — Richard Russo

"If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later, gone to Smith, then palled around with Fran Lebowitz, chances are shed have written like Elinor Lipman. She is one of the last urbane romantics." —Julia Glass, Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

A hysterical phone call from Henry Archers ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother—Denise, Henrys ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henrys Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life—and maybe even new love—in the commotion.

About the Author

ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine and My Latest Grievance, winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize. In 2001 she won the New England Book Award for fiction. The film Then She Found Me, directed by and starring Helen Hunt, is based on her first novel.

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Leslie Joseph, May 11, 2009 (view all comments by Leslie Joseph)
This book is a great light read. It encompasses a sort of Breakfast At Tiffany's/Sex In The City feel, complete with zany characters, family drama, and even papparazzi! Lipman brings the book a notch higher with the characters' personal journeys, reflecting sentiments any reader will appreciate.
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ISBN:
9780618644667
Author:
Lipman, Elinor
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Domestic fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100504
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
324
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 6.44 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A divorced gay man's vanquished paternalism returns when he reconnects with his long-lost stepdaughter in Lipman's hilarious and moving 10th novel. Set in New York, the book opens with Henry Archer phoning his ex-wife, Denise, to offer condolences over the death of her husband, the man Denise divorced then-closeted Henry for. Upon visiting Denise, Henry notices photos of now grown stepdaughter Thalia, a charming wannabe actress he recognizes from the hair salon in his neighborhood, and determines to reenter her life. What ensues is a heartwarming reconnection as Henry and Thalia relearn what it means to be a father and daughter, respectively. When Thalia is hired by a PR firm to play the role of real-life girlfriend to a struggling actor, Henry's fatherly instinct and legal background compel him to ask Thalia to move in with him and to serve as her attorney. During the process of managing Thalia's career, Henry also grows closer to Denise, meets a handsome man and rediscovers the joy of family. The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman's knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A hysterical phone call from his ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend Henry Archer's well-ordered life to bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago 320 pp.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this screwball New York comedy from "an Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post Book World), a man reconnects with a long-lost stepdaughter and finds his life turned upside down.

PRAISE FOR ELINOR LIPMAN AND THE FAMILY MAN

"Elinor Lipmans patented blend of wit, whimsy, and love for her characters makes every sentence of The Family Man shine. The book is a delightful Manhattan romp that offers 300-plus pages of pure reading pleasure." Stephen McCauley, author of THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION

"About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades." — Richard Russo

"If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later, gone to Smith, then palled around with Fran Lebowitz, chances are shed have written like Elinor Lipman. She is one of the last urbane romantics." —Julia Glass, Chicago Tribune

"Synopsis" by ,
A hysterical phone call from Henry Archers ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother—Denise, Henrys ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a horror-movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henrys Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life—and maybe even new love—in the commotion.

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