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When Nash Harvey, incurable womaniser and failing jingle composer, arrives at the Boston home of the Dobbin sisters, he is struck with a casserole dish. Not surprising, considering that Nash, one-time fiancé of Adele Dobbin, disappeared on the night of their engagement party 30 years before.
Fresh from a failed romance with a Californian reflexologist, Nash brings chaos to the Dobbins, all of whom have settled into a weary spinsterhood. Unintentionally, he leads everyone he meets to a truer knowledge of themselves and the possibilities of a brighter future. Five distinct but masterfully interwoven tales of the heart spin around the central, hilariously desperate mission of Nash, a man seeking to escape the inescapable.
Lipman writes with the wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen or Henry James. Her work ripples with startling segues into the perversities of male-female relationships. Yet for all this insight, her characters are drawn with companionable warmth. This is not a book about the bold and the beautiful. Her cast inhabits a twilight of TV dinners, greying hair and disastrous dates, yet they never lose their hope or their capacity for love. A gourmet casserole of a book--drama, humour and understanding in equally generous portions. --Matthew Baylis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'A charming and funny writer who is also very wise. Your spouse will hate you for reading this book; you'll stay up late nights, shaking the bed with laughter.' -- Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
'Full of charm, verbal sparkle, and funny genial sex. I adored it. Every page. Definitely her best.' -- Anita Shreve, author of The Weight of Water
'Hilarious. Superb entertainment' -- Time Out --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.