on 15 October 1998
Because I am a male, I tend to shy away from what I call the 'girlfriend' genre of novels, books by women about a group of fictional women, written for a female audience. Truth be known, I would have never bought this book were it not for the fact that good literature is hard, very hard to come by in Japan. Ms. Lipman gave me a pleasant surprise. Her book was a fast, easy read, and presented me with a dashing, clever female character that I not only fell in love with, I probably would have married her if I got the chance. Ms. Lipman has created a work of art, a truly wry and insightful look at being young, single and a bit carefree and sassy in a small town. This book had excellent characterizations, good plot development, fast, enjoyable dialogue, and an unstoppable momentum. I must confess- I LOVED IT! OK, I have learned my lesson. I will never judge a book by its cover ever again.
on 13 February 1997
One of the best books I have ever read - describes the story of my life better than I could ever have! From bad relationships to bad "career" moves, Melinda returns to her hometown to find out that the way she thought things were are not the way they really are. A very funny, delightful look at "going home" again.
on 20 June 2011
Elinor Lipman does not dissappoint. If you like the humour of "Friends", "King of Queens", "Golden Girls", "Different Strokes" etc, you'll LOL on reading this author. In parts, her writing can be as beneficial as taking Prozac!