The Family Man (Paperback)

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The Family Man (Paperback)

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“Elinor Lipman's latest comedy of manners, while a quintessential New York story, translates into any reader's experience. An estranged father meets his adult daughter who's seeking her place in the world, but the controlling mother...and the boyfriend...and...well, it's classic Elinor Lipman! A much-needed, laugh-out-loud, but discussable book club pick!”
— Cheryl McKeon, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, WA

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“The Family Man is a charming, funny tale of a gay father reconnecting with his hapless ex-wife and aspiring actress stepdaughter. Witty and urbane, Lipman's latest showcases endearing characters and a storyline that satirizes our fascination with celebrity while it reassures us of the endurance of love and good intentions.”
— Linda Bubon, Women & Children First, Chicago, IL

A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer’s 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.

ELINOR LIPMAN is the award-winning author of sixteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel’s Bed, I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays, On Turpentine Lane, and Rachel to the Rescue. Her first novel, Then She Found Me, became a 2008 feature film, directed by and starring Helen Hunt, with Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick. She was the 2011–12 Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith College and divides her time between Manhattan and the Hudson Valley. 

Product Details ISBN: 9780547336084
ISBN-10: 054733608X
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: May 4th, 2010
Pages: 324
Language: English