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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,176 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elinor Lipman Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Frederica Hatch, born and raised in a college dorm and chafing under the care of “the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization,” is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. Then into this cozy but claustrophobic world comes Laura Lee French, a wannabe Rockette and the new dorm mother at the lackluster women’s college where Frederica’s parents teach and agitate. Further disturbing the peace is the fact that Miss French—in the distant past—had been married to Frederica’s earnest and unglamorous father. Fearing scandal and campus glee, the three Hatches and Laura Lee attempt to keep their secret.

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  • “[A] delightful audiobook…Lipman’s irresistible storytelling features charming descriptions and three-dimensional characters with crisp edges and vibrant colors. Mia Barron’s performance is utterly appropriate for Lipman’s style. Her animated voice sounds fresh and earnest, and she’s engaging from the outset. Each member of this lively cast is given a distinct voice, and Barron’s understanding of the text’s humor and gentle social commentary is evident in a splendid reading.”


  • “Frederica Hatch—the articulate, curious, and naïve narrator of Lipman’s eighth novel—proves the perfect vehicle for this satiric yet compassionate family portrait…As in previous novels, Lipman addresses sensitive issues (anti-Semitism, adultery, dementia) with delicacy and acerbity. She also nails the shifts and moods of an angry teenager, a grandmother in denial, a philanderer in hiding, and a campus in shock. By the end, a smart young girl learns compassion for a world that can be grotesquely, hilariously, disturbingly unfair.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lovable, psychologically intricate... [a] bittersweet farce.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “May be Lipman’s best work so far...Every page offers laugh-out-loud dialogue...So entertaining you’re sorry to see it end.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Elinor Lipman’s eighth novel exhibits her trademark social satire, facility with dialogue, and humor. Like her other novels, it addresses themes close to the heart: the bonds between parents and children and between fiction and reality. Covering a few decades, the novel offers a smart, funny protagonist and outlandish, if highly realistic, situations… My Latest Grievance is worth a reader’s every second.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “Completely irresistible. Expect high demand for this novel and renewed interest in Lipman’s previous seven. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This is not-to-be-missed reading.”


  • “Lipman—known for her wit, sharp societal observations, and lovely command of language--has created a novel of warmth, wisdom, love, and redemption that is funny and fun to read…Lipman skillfully matches the cadence of Frederica’s growing up with the developments of the story to create moments to cherish and characters to adore.”


  • Paterson Fiction Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Felicity | 2/20/2014

    " Don't misunderstand me...this is an amusing book which probably deserves a rating higher than two. However, I've now read a few Eleanor Lipman novels, and this one struck me as less amusing than the others, and, by now, there's something a touch somewhat formulaic to Lipman's style. Good for the beach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Habich | 2/18/2014

    " This was a pretty good book, entertaining and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jean | 2/16/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this book and found it to be funny and highly entertaining, even when I was irritated with the main character, Frederica, and her nosiness. This is the kind of cross-over book that you could give to teens and their mothers as well. The overly precocious main character is not really very believable, but as the plot thickens the reader is more than willing to go along with the craziness just to see what happens next. The audio version of it is right on with the narrator sounding just like a know-it-all teenager who is trying to figure out her life in the midst of chaos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Serena | 2/12/2014

    " I've enjoyed all of her books and always look forward to her next book. "

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