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Almost nobody writes serious entertainment with more panache” than Elinor Lipman, wrote the Chicago Tribune. From her debut novel, Then She Found Me, which in the words of the Washington Post revived the art of screwball comedy for the newly dawned nineties,” to her most recent, best-selling The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, which the Philadelphia Weekly hailed as the most perfect piece of prose writing to come along in quite a while,” Elinor Lipman has set the gold standard by which other comic novelists are judged.

Now her pitch-perfect new novel, set in 1978, introduces us to the beguiling Frederica Hatch. Born and raised in the dormitory of a small women’s college, and chafing under the care of the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization,” Frederica is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. I had no intention of blending in. I wanted to be who I’d become, the Eloise of Dewing College, the full-time residential expert in an institution that others occupied only fleetingly.”

Into this cozy world comes Miss Laura Lee French a wannabe former Rockette and the new dorm mother at the college where Frederica’s parents teach and live. Laura Lee proves to be the enthralling and glamorous antithesis of the Hatches, whose passion for liberal political causes is all-consuming even Frederica’s Barbie dolls have been anatomically corrected. As Frederica says, The timing was excellent . . . Just as I was craving more attention, along came Laura Lee French, dorm mother without a day job, single, childless, and ultimately famous within our gates.”

Like an inspired alchemist” (New York Times Book Review), Lipman turns this seemingly routine faculty hire into a catalyst for havoc and hilarity. For it happens that Miss French in the distant past was married to none other than Frederica’s earnest and distinctly unglamorous father.

As in her previous novels, Lipman writes in a delicious style that is both funny and elegant” (USA Today), rendering serious subjects through a lens of humor and hope” (Boston Globe). The results? Vintage Elinor Lipman delightful, memorable, and touching.


Baker & Taylor
Chafing under the claustrophobic care of her liberal parents, Frederica Hatch finds her snug world transformed by Laura Lee French, a new college dorm mother who had once been married to Frederica's earnest and unglamorous father.

Blackwell North Amer
Chafing under the care of "the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization," Frederica is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. Into this cozy world, comes Miss Laura Lee French - a wannabe former Rockette and the new dorm mother at the college where Frederica's parents teach and live. Laura Lee proves to be the enthralling and glamorous antithesis of the Hatches, whose passion for liberal political causes is all-consuming - even Frederica's Barbie dolls have been anatomically corected. Lipman turns this seemingly routine faculty hire into a catalyst for havoc and hilarity. For it happens that Miss French - in the distant past - was married to none other than Frederica's earnest and distinctly unglamorous father.

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& Taylor

Chafing under the stifling and claustrophobic care of her liberal parents, Frederica Hatch finds her snug world transformed by Laura Lee French, a new college dorm mother and wannabe former Rockette who had once been married to Frederica's earnest and unglamorous father. By the author of The Inn at Lake Devine. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006
ISBN: 9780618644650
0618644652
Branch Call Number: FIC Lipman, E 2006
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm

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ownedbydoxies
May 27, 2013

Another great story from a smart and funny writer.

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