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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: May 2006 ISBN: 9781482976397
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    BookPage

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • Paterson Fiction Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Serena | 2/12/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Hodges | 2/7/2014

    " Meh. Just Meh. It was short, and clever in spots. Little else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 1/25/2014

    " This is a funny, coming of age novel about a small college in the Boston area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Bonacci | 1/22/2014

    " This was a nice book, it made me smile several times. The characters were eccentric and entertaining. A girl is raised by two college professors in a campus dorm... and her longing for a "normal" life. I couldn't help but like them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karisa | 1/21/2014

    " This was the only book that could keep my captivated in my third trimester, in fact I finished it in the hospital during labor. It's very witty and funny and bizarre. It's an easy ready, not one you have to think too much about, but the characters are great and have a lot of quirks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlane Brady | 1/17/2014

    " I read this book so I could have a light-hearted read after reading a few heavy books. It was perfect for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tevilla | 12/26/2013

    " Interesting story of the daughter of two PhD's. She grew up on the college campus, and the story springs from there. I liked the twists and the dialogue. On the recommend list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvie Fox | 12/24/2013

    " Classic Lipman. Didn't realize how much I'd missed her. I read her first book when I was in college, and she's only gotten better (and is ironically at my college, now) over the years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle | 11/1/2013

    " Terrific book, I really enjoyed it. My second favorite book by Elinor Lipman, after The Inn at Lake Devine. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Owen | 10/27/2013

    " Halfway into this book I realized that I didn't like the characters and didn't care about the plot. Life is short. Next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 10/22/2013

    " This might be my favorite Elinor Lipman so far. The characters are so believable and so quirky at the same time. She does an especially good job drawing annoying but slightly lovable show-offs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Crowley | 9/20/2013

    " I read all of Ms. Lipman's works and this one was especially good. It has her usual quirky charachters and takes place at the sight of an all girls college where a young girl grows up with her parents as nerdy professors. Need to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey Knibloe | 7/9/2013

    " Just re-read it again recently and I still love it. Re-reading Elinor Lipman's books is always a pleasure because I pick up little things that I didn't notice the first time and revisit favorite sections. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rayette | 1/26/2013

    " This was cute AFTER over 150 pages on getting to know the character and background. I wouldn't recommend it highly if you don't buy into the idea that teenagers are smarter than their parents. It was supposed to be a "tongue in cheek" type novel but I didn't find it that funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mich | 12/20/2012

    " whiny... i loved inn at lake devine but not this one.. yuk... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/13/2012

    " What a truly awful cover this book has. Please ignore it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/28/2012

    " The premise of the story is not bad. In fact, with the exeption of the character of Laura Lee, it is completely believable. However, the meandering and mindless dialogue of this completely unbalanced woman are annoying at best. It was however, a quick read and not entirely unpleasant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Drew | 7/20/2012

    " I think if I met the protagonist in real life I would find her to be a know-it-all. The story kept my interest even though I found her to be a precocious annoying teen who seemed to be channeling an inflexible 40-year-old spinster. Weird. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellysun | 6/29/2012

    " ho-hum... Not getting this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 3/17/2012

    " I enjoy Lipman's humor. Huge fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christinegrabowski | 11/23/2011

    " My bookclub pick. Not very memorable and read 4 years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 8/31/2011

    " read so long ago, I don't remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/1/2011

    " I just love her books; she never disappoints. A modern Jane Austen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 5/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the dysfunctional family and cast of characters. I recommend it to older teens and those who like quirky stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diva | 5/10/2011

    " enjoyable enough but nothing much happens and much like the protaganist, the book had an irritating precious feel to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn | 4/30/2011

    " I enjoyed this overall, but I didn't think it was a great book. Something about the characters didn't add up. I love Elinor Lipman, but it seems as though every other book is quite good, and the others are so-so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 4/20/2011

    " I love Elinor Lipman - she's hilarious. I wish she had more books because I think I've read every one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/16/2011

    " Meh. Just Meh. It was short, and clever in spots. Little else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richda | 2/26/2011

    " Meh - mildly entertaining with one particularly annoying character. Definitely not up to "A Family Man." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla | 1/8/2011

    " It didn't fall apart the way some of her other books do but I've tried her several times and while it's not unpleasant to read her books - it's frustrating to not get the light comic touch I guess I'm always expecting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamela | 12/5/2010

    " Thanks Sharon for reminding me I read this...though I remember enjoying it, I can't recall why. Will have to revisit the copy at the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/7/2010

    " Narrated by a precocious 16 year old who grew up living on a college campus with her eccentric professor parents. The dialogue has a witty screwball feel, and it was a fun read, but not one that will stick with me for the ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gretchen | 11/6/2010

    " My favorite of hers so far -- made me laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davie | 9/1/2010

    " A book recommendation from Female Science Professor's blog that I really enjoyed -- although it played up my pet peeve stereotype (psychology professor who goes around analyzing everyone around him). Compares pretty well to the David Lodge canon. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Mia Barron has worked at theaters in New York and around the country. Her film and television credits include The Guiding Light and the independent feature The F Word. She was awarded the 2003 Publishers Weekly Listen Up award for her audiobook narration.