Way Men Act by Lipman

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Unmarried at age thirty, Melinda LeBlanc grows tired of helping her dull former classmates plan their weddings and wonders why her romantic interludes are limited to an occasional meaningless horizontal encounter.

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Author of novels and short stories, Elinor Lipman was born October 16, 1950 in Lowell, Mass. and earned an B.A. from Simmons College. After college, Lipman worked as a public information officer for the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission. She also worked as a managing editor for the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and she was a special instructor in communications at Simmons College. She served as visiting assistant professor of creative writing from at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Titles of her works include "Into Love and Out Again", "Then She Found Me", "The Way Men Act", "The Inn at Lake Devine", and "Isabel's Bed"'. Her work has been included in anthologies such as New Fiction, and she has frequently contributed stories and reviews to magazines and newspapers, including Cosmopolitan, Wigwag, New York Times, and Playgirl. She is a two-time recipient of distinguished story citations in Best American Short Stories.
Published January 1, 1992 by Pocket Books. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But after a certain amount of casual coupling (it's surprising that a book so brimming with up-to-date issues never tackles the problem of safe sex), Melinda finally sorts out which ones to throw back and which one to keep.

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In a second novel as enchanting as her first, Lipman ( Then She Found Me ) traces the untriumphant return of 30-year-old Melinda LeBlanc to her recently gentrified hometown of Harrow, Mass., after a decade of unfocused living in California.

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Entertainment Weekly

If it's not really about the way men act, it's a leading authority on the way women — or some women — think, talk, grope, cope, and fight back.

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Los Angeles Times

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Melinda Le Blanc is proud to be a native of Harrow, a New England college town that became astonishingly trendy during the 10 years she was away in California.

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Lipman wrote a charmer of a first novel, Then She Found Me, a funny, touching and surprising story about a woman's bumpy dance of reconciliation with the mother who had given her up for adoption at birth.

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