Synopses & Reviews
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
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.
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.
About the Author
ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Cant Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in Massachusetts and New York City.