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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,807 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elinor Lipman Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781482978643
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A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer’s ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a lawyer, an old fashioned man, gay, successful, and lonely. Thalia is now 28, a hopeful actress, estranged from her newly widowed crackpot mother—Denise, Henry’s ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a former child star and current horror movie luminary who is down on his romantic luck. When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry’s Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long lost father, and he finds new life—and maybe even new love—in the commotion. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman’s knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delightful in every sense, the ever-witty Lipman’s latest comedy of modern manners is bright, breezy, and altogether beguiling.”

    Booklist

  • “Lipman mesmerized me. She hypnotized me. I admit it freely: I fell victim to the Elinor Lipman Effect.”

    Washington Post

  • “A sparkling, sprightly comedy…As always, the pleasure of a Lipman book is not so much the wispy plot but the original, funny, achingly human characters. Grade: A.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Doesn’t disappoint in its portrayal of complex family relationships and use of exquisite language.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 2/18/2014

    " i enjoyed this book even if the ending was predictable. it was humorous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed Ms. Lipman's book, "The Pursuit of Alice Thrift," but was very disappointed in this one. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood but I found it very poorly written. The concept for the book is a good one - divorced father who has made peace with his homosexuality develops relationship with his long-lost, adopted daughter...it is supposed to be a comedy and could have been hilarious, but the dialogue and plot struck me as forced, whereas "Alice," despite being predictable, was quite believable and truly funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/7/2014

    " Elinor Lipman is a hoot. She's a romantic with a hard edge. This story of a gay man reconnecting with his daughter makes you gasp with some of its smart dialog. The ex-wife puts your teeth on edge. Very quick and fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/7/2014

    " A Dad is reunited with a step daughter he hasn't seen since she was a baby. Some good laughs, nice characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Racheal | 1/25/2014

    " Enjoyable enough but I just kept waiting for something to happen that was...real/believable/not complete fluff :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 1/24/2014

    " What an enjoyable book! I sat down yesterday afternoon to get through a few chapters and found myself stuck to my seat until the end. It wasn't that the story was so compelling or the writing was so fabulous, it was that the characters were so enchanting that I just wanted to keep spending time with them. I can't ever remember falling so in love with a main character as I did with John Henry Archer. His relationship with Todd fit like a glove and I appreciate that we are finally seeing well rounded gay characters in uncomplicated relationships. If only Hollywood would follow suit. I love that there really isn't much of a conflict in the book, it's really just a period in the life of this eccentric, yet ultimately loving family. Makes me appreciate all the odd people that make up my life-what would we all do without them? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyla | 1/20/2014

    " I loved this book for the first 10 chapters or so - so delicious and non-threatening and clipping along at a good pace. I was thrilled to find such a good non-guilty pleasure author. But then the plot went off the wheels, the character we were meant to love irked me and the ending - someone explain the ending to me, will you? Disappointing because it started so strong and light and sweet... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/14/2014

    " A delightful, charming read with entirely lovable characters. I'll definitely look at more of the author's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 1/9/2014

    " This book was a quick and easy read. The ending seemed to rush as all the ends of the story were tied up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 10/20/2013

    " Oh, I do love Elinor Lipman. Another winner here. How does she come up with these characters? Love them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/9/2013

    " An enjoyable book re an ex-wife, an ex-adopted daughter, a gay ex-husband and how they all got together after many years to tell a funny story that will make u laugh. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 SheilaRaeO | 9/18/2013

    " A delightful social comedy for the 21st century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/9/2013

    " Another hit from Elinor Lipman! This was light and fun, just what the doctor ordered. I loved the main characters, especially enjoying the relationship between Henry and Todd. Lipman's wit and East Coast sensibilities make for a pleasurable page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail | 8/17/2013

    " This is a great discovery. She's really funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 8/13/2013

    " What fun!!! Please consider reading this only in private as your constant bursts of laughter is bound to irritate those around you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giovanna | 7/26/2013

    " Really a 3.6 or 3.7. I'm really a sucker for her books--nothing stunning, but just solidly written stories about people with great humor throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAlice | 3/11/2013

    " Elinor Lipman is on the very short list of authors (less than 10) that I have read everything they've written. When she is good, she is VERY good (e.g. The Inn at Lake Divine) This is right up there with that one. Modern, urban comedy of manners. Light reading but intelligent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/30/2012

    " I loved this book. Funny and smart. Interesting characters with great dialogue. Appreciate a story that realistically weaves together a collection of different people into a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 11/16/2012

    " Book was billed as "hilarious" so I expected to be rolling on the floor, but not so. Ending didn't seem to fit with the flow either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat | 11/14/2012

    " I thought the story line was great and I liked her character development, although some plot lines seemed a little rushed. A really fun read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/8/2012

    " Elinor Lipman makes me want to meet her characters in real life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/15/2012

    " My friend Sally's husband bought the ability to have her name be a character in this book at a charity auction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 9/16/2012

    " Loved the beginning, the end was not so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 9/2/2012

    " I love Elinor Lipman. She's witty but poignant, clever but deep. Delightful writing. Fast-paced, but you don't know where the plot is going. The Family Man is one of my top faves of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toocrazycosmoyahoo.com | 5/31/2012

    " I devoured this book! I read it in less then 48 hrs and was very sad when it was over! LOVED Todd's mom! Read it and see! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anika | 5/1/2012

    " Lipman does it again. With her usual sense of class and humor, she assembles a typically ragtag cast of characters from the gay stepdad to the actress-wannabe-daughter to her horror-film-star paramour. And a Lipman book just wouldn't be complete without an overbearing mother. It's all there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 marcy | 5/1/2012

    " Amusing, entertaining, and a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 12/28/2011

    " I enjoyed most of it. The ending seemed to be, "OK, I've written 300 pages time to go...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 5/19/2011

    " Entertaining, easy to read and very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/10/2011

    " A very cute and quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 4/1/2011

    " Easy to read, sweet story. Love the happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/27/2011

    " i love books about gay men "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 3/21/2011

    " I liked Henry and how he took in his ex step daughter -but too much random stuff happened at the end.
    I listened to this book and liked the narrator Jonathan Davis "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/27/2011

    " Very cute book. Laughed out loud several times! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 2/6/2011

    " A smart and funny update of the classic Harlequin Romance "marriage of convenience." told from the point of view of the ex-stepfather. Possibly not Lipman's all-time best but a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2011

    " Disappointing new novel from the usually reliable Elinor Lipman. Suppose it's a trendy modern day love story, but the characaters were superficial and the book, overall, was formulaic.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 1/25/2011

    " Not my usual genre...however, so far...witty! Not my genre for a reason...too much angst. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy | 1/8/2011

    " What fun!!! Please consider reading this only in private as your constant bursts of laughter is bound to irritate those around you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/3/2011

    " I loved this book. Funny and smart. Interesting characters with great dialogue. Appreciate a story that realistically weaves together a collection of different people into a family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nell | 11/3/2010

    " Thank you, Annabelle, for introducing me to Elinor Lipman. I always feel so involved in her characters' lives. What a mensch Henry Archer is. "

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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

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.