The View from Penthouse B Hardcover – 16 Apr 2013
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From the Back Cover
It s all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease. Washington Post Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot s luxurious Greenwich Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony. As the three swap moneymaking schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age from one of our finest comic writers. The View from Penthouse B mixes sisters, online dating, and Bernie Madoff's victims into a witty confection. Parade Lipman s acuity as a social observer makes her voice seem to belong to a wise and funny friend. Boston Globe A sly comedy of modern manners. Miami Herald[author photo] ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten novels, including The Family Man and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can't Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in Massachusetts and New York City." --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine;one essay collection, I Can't Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in Massachusetts and New York City.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Top customer reviews
Narrator Gwen-Laura has recently been widowed (well, actually her husband died two years ago - but to her it's recent) and she's been invited to live with older sister Margot at her retro-stylish New York penthouse. Margot is, in fact, broke. Having received a substantial alimony payment from her ex-husband (currently residing in jail for a crime that's a bit too complicated to go into), she invested - and lost - the whole lot in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The two sisters are struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps they should take in another flat-mate to share the costs? Enter young Anthony, gay, funny, kind - and online-dating-savvy. Not only does he guide Gwen and Margo around Craigslist in an effort to improve their romantic status, but he also makes fabulous cupcakes....
Read it, you'll love it.
Gwen is a widow and wears her mourning on her sleeve. Margot, her sister is newly divorced from a husband who' s in jail for fraud. Charles, the husband, a gynecologist, was an Infertility Speialist, and on several occasions he provided the fertility in a vigorous fashion. When one of his 'patients' became pregnant with his child, well,all He** broke lose. In the settlement, Margo bought a penthouse apartment , and lost the rest of her monies to a Madoff-like venture. She needs financial assistance, and Gwen moves in, paying her way. They have an interesting but dull life, neither has a job, but they muddle on. One day, a young Gay man, enters their existence. He rents the small room in the penthouse, and provides laughs and fun times.
As this novel moves along, the on-line dating world is discussed. Gwen opens a friends-only sort of dating site. Margo has a blog and meets a man. Charles, Margo's husband leaves jail and moves into a small apartment in their building. Margo and Charles attempt to revive their relationship, Gwen finds a companion, and their world starts to turn. Anthony is still looking for his man.
This novel was a disappointment in some ways. There is a storyline that is quite inventive, but it doesn't really move me. Margo and Gwen felt like they were stuck in the 80's, not the 50 year olds, I know. Anthony is a true soul, and the life of the novel, but his story does not go very far. I guess I expected more.
Recommended. prisrob 04-24-13
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