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Elinor Lipman
Elinor Lipman
Author of 15 novels, most recently "Ms. Demeanor"
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Talk soon,
Sam

Hello and welcome!

On my mind

My books (new, old, upcoming); my process.

Why I'm excited to talk with readers

I feel that my readers are my extended, fond family. It's always interesting to hear about their connections to characters, settings, plots--even names! I love when a reader sees something in my story that I myself didn't know I was doing...

All best,

Elinor

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Ms. Demeanor

A Novel

Jane Morgan is a valued member of her law firm--or was, until a prudish neighbor, binoculars poised, observes her having sex on the roof of her NYC apartment building. Police are summoned, and a punishing judge sentences her to six months of home confinement. With Jane now jobless and rootless, trapped at home, life looks bleak. Yes, her twin sister provides support and advice, but mostly of the unwelcome kind. When a doorman lets slip that Jane isn't the only resident wearing an ankle monitor, she strikes up a friendship with fellow white-collar felon Perry Salisbury. As she tries to adapt to life within her apartment walls, she discovers she hasn't heard the end of that tattletale neighbor--whose past isn't as decorous as her 9-1-1 snitching would suggest. Why are police knocking on Jane's door again? Can her house arrest have a silver lining? Can two wrongs make a right?

“Who knew house arrest could be sexy and fun? Not me, at least not until I read Ms. Demeanor. Written with Elinor Lipman’s signature wit and charm, this breezy, engrossing novel tells the story of two people who make the most of their shared confinement.”

—Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author of Tracy Flick Can’t Win

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Rachel to the Rescue

A Novel

Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticizing Donald Trump.

As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly call ‘a personal friend of the President.’

Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside?

Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking roommates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store.

But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself?

“Readers who are hungry for heartwarming comedy and spicy D.C. gossip will find Lipman’s new novel absolutely delicious.

New York Times Book Review  

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Good Riddance

A Novel

Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one―not always charitably―and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.

In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries―not to mention her own family's―take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.

"[Lipman] has long been one of our wittiest chroniclers of modern-day romance. [Her] writing is brisk and intelligent, and if the plot of this novel is zanier than her usual fare, that too may show just how plugged-in she is to out farfetched times."  

Wall Street Journal  

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