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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elinor Lipman Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Harriet Mahoney first saw it, Isabel Krug’s bed was covered in sheared sheep and littered with celebrity biographies. The unpublished, fortyish, and recently jilted Harriet had fled wintry Manhattan in response to a mysterious ad in the New York Review of Books: “Book in progress? Why not share my Cape Cod retreat? Roomy and peaceful—your life will be your own.”

In a room with a view atop a Truro dune, Harriet starts on a different path to fulfillment by ghostwriting The Isabel Krug Story, based on the sexy blonde’s tabloid past—specifically, a nasty night in Greenwich, Connecticut, when Guy Van Vleet died and Isabel lived to tell about it. Unusually talented in the man department, Isabel revamps and inspires Harriet as they gear up to tell all. Life according to Isabel is a soap-opera extravaganza, an experience to be swallowed whole—and the attitude is catching.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ms. Lipman takes on the question of how women and men, in and out of love and jail, should treat each other. In the end, her comic soap opera outsings her dramatic love story…Surely this would be criminal, were we not enjoying ourselves so thoroughly along the way…Isabel’s Bed is serious entertainment.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “By about page ten of this novel, the reader gets a…grin on his face, and that grin doesn’t really stop for about a week.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “A marvelous, quirky novel that makes you want to read it straight through without looking up.”

    Boston Globe

  • “If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later…chances are she’d have written like Elinor Lipman…One of the last of the urbane romantics.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Delightful…Engaging…The perfect companion…After a short while, these characters become more vivid than one’s own friends.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A warm, affecting tale about one smart woman letting go of her dumb choices and fumbling toward love.”

    People

  • “Conlin’s silky voice captures Harriet’s shy hesitancy, her persistently low self-esteem as well as Isabel’s brash, busty blond self-confidence…Outstanding reading.”

    Kliatt

  • Isabel’s Bed gives us the intricate and deft plot, crisp dialogue and unexpected twists and turns we have come to expect in the comic novels of Elinor Lipman.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “With her trademark, light comic touch, Lipman unfolds her narrative…The unexpected ending offers a just-right finish to this wry, warm story of about love and those who practice it.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lipman has written another winner…full of zany twists.”

    Library Journal

  • “A delightful, gentle, knowing satire of writers, the publishing and entertainment industries, the art world, and the vagaries of love.”

    Booklist

  • “So well paced that you could devour it in one sitting, but so much fun that you'll regret finishing so quickly if you do.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/20/2014

    " A fun read about a 40 something woman, recently dumped by her jerk of a boyfriend, who is hired to ghostwrite the story of an infamous love-triangle murder by the mistress of the murdered man, and becomes drawn into a world very different (and a lot more interesting) than her own. Sometimes predictable (will she get together with the hunky handyman?), sometimes twisty (the murdering wife gets released from the mental hospital and comes for a visit), but always enjoyable. Lipman does a good job creating realistic and likeable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nicol | 2/17/2014

    " Entertaining, light reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Georgina | 2/13/2014

    " I wasn't sure how I felt about the protagonist initially but she grew on me, and overall I really enjoyed the book. Lippman created very authentic characters and was particularly successful at delving into the heart and mind of a recently scorned lover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Murphy | 2/3/2014

    " A lighthearted, funny, easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine and My Latest Grievance, winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize. In 2001 she won the New England Book Award for Fiction. The film Then She Found Me, directed by and starring Helen Hunt, is based on her first novel.