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The Family Manby Elinor Lipman
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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, Henry's 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 Henry's 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 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.
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
About the Author
Elinor Lipman is the author of eight previous 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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