The Family Man by Elinor Lipman

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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.
 

About Elinor Lipman

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Elinor Lipman is the author of seven books: the novels The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, The Dearly Departed, The Ladies' Man, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, Then She Found Me, and a collection of stories, Into Love and Out Again. She has been called "the diva of dialogue" (People) and "the last urbane romantic" (Chicago Tribune). Book Magazine said of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, "Like Jane Austen, the past master of the genre, Lipman isn't only out for laughs. She serves up social satire, too, that's all the more trenchant for being deftly drawn." Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Gourmet, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times' Writers on Writing series. She received the New England Booksellers' 2001 fiction award for a body of work.
 
Published May 5, 2009 by Mariner Books. 317 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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The gay hero of this screwball social comedy resumes contact with a beloved stepdaughter and reaps love in spades.

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Entertainment Weekly

In The Family Man, a sparkling, sprightly comedy — Elinor Lipman's 10th — dapper Manhattan attorney Henry Archer gets the shock of his life when he realizes the receptionist he's just tipped is none other than his stepdaughter, Thalia, whom he hasn't seen in 25 years.

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The Independent

A madcap plot, involving Henry's new lover, Todd, is played out against a backdrop of famed New York eateries.

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The Telegraph

When the novel opens – as it does without .

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Bookmarks Magazine

Elinor Lipman has written nine previous novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift ( 4 of 5 Stars Sept/Oct 2003), and, most recently, My Latest Grievance ( 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2006).

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