Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman

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April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G!

But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-six years ago. Now that she's got her act together, she's aiming to be a mom like she always knew she could. And she's hurtling straight for April's quiet little life....

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 November 24, 2009 by Washington Square Press. 323 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Quiet and content April Epner, a high school Latin teacher whose adoptive parents are recently deceased, is claimed by her birth mother, an obnoxious TV talk show hostess.

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In this metamorphic tale of a modest high school Latin teacher, April Epner, a Boston-born woman in her 30s whose biological mother, Bernice Braverman, comes into her life rather neatly after the death of her adoptive parents, Gertrude and Julius Epner.

Jul 05 1990 | Read Full Review of Then She Found Me


How April discovers who her real father is, how she and Bernice slowly manage to figure out their version of a mother-daughter relationship, and how April finally opens herself up to love and marriage make up the rest of Lipner's warmhearted, witty and limpidly written tale.

Jun 25 1990 | Read Full Review of Then She Found Me

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