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The Family Man

Elinor Lipman

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ISBN 10: 0618644660 / ISBN 13: 9780618644667
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Title: The Family Man

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Elinor Lipman's trenchant and witty novel about a father and daughter reunited.

 

A hysterical phone call from his ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend Henry Archer's life. Henry is a lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, and lonely. Thalia, his stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage, is now twenty-nine, an actress, hopeful and estranged from her newly widowed crackpot mother. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia poses as the girlfriend of a former sitcom 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.

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"Hilarious and moving . . . The plot alone will suck in readers, but Lipman's knack for creating lovable and multifaceted characters is the real draw." ? Publishers Weekly (starred)

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, lonely. Thalia is now twenty-nine, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed eccentric mother ? Denise, Henry’s ex. Hoping it will lead to better things for her career, Thalia agrees to pose as the girlfriend of a 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.

A venture into new geography and slightly different chambers of the heart for the best comic novelist writing today, THE FAMILY MAN is also classic Lipman ? irresistible, incisive, and pure pleasure to read.

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