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The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Rewarding, 26 July 2006
I just wanted to add my vote of support for this wonderful comic novel. Dismissals of The Inn at Lake Devine as "fluff" are, I think, unwarranted. Comedy is really hard to write. People often dismiss books they've read quickly, but presumable they're read quickly for a reason: they're enjoyable. And The Inn at Lake Devine is not just enjoyable, but well written.

The plot does indeed follow the precepts of a traditional romance, what with lovers from different backgrounds overcoming parental disapproval, but I've never read a comedy about prejudice with such style and wit. And Natalie Marx is a fantastic heroine -- indignant and self righteous, with just enough self awareness and… Read more
Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer
Sleepwalking by Meg Wolitzer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Angsty, Very Good!, 26 July 2006
Wolitzer's first novel is about an unhappy undergraduate obsessed with the fictitious (and dead) poet Lucy Asher.

Clare, one of Swarthmore College's infamous and goth "Death Girls" seems content with her life of academics and candlelight poetry readings with her like-minded friends (one likes Sylvia Plath; the other, Anne Sexton-- natch!). But when a love affair with a Grateful Dead-loving classmate goes wrong, Clare leaves school. Still haunted by her older brother's death, Clare takes herself to the home of her dead idol's parents and becomes the housekeeper to the bewildered, grieving and very ordinary Ashers.

I read this book back when it came out (for some reason… Read more
Shine On, Bright and Dangerous Object by Laurie Colwin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you've never read Laurie Colwin, you're in for a treat. And if you have read her work, don't overlook this title, which is (I think!) her first novel.

This is the story of Elizabeth "Ollie" Bax, who is left a widow at 27. When her husband dies in a sailing accident, a grieving Ollie moves to New York City with her piano and tries to adjust to her new life with the help of her brother in law, Patrick.

That's really what happens. Most of the story is about Ollie's emotional life. Colwin's depiction of Ollie's grief is detailed, never maudlin and often funny. The writing is spare and lyrical; she never wastes a word. Despite the subject matter, I found it very… Read more

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