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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 Davi Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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!


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.”


  • “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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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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.