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Product Details

  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Reprint edition (February 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671748416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671748418
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After trying out her adult wings in California, Melinda LeBlanc has come home to work for her cousin arranging flowers. Out of place and outdated, she befriends Libby, who designs strange dresses in the shop next door, and Dennis Vaughan, a native son and very attractive black man who owns the hip Brookhoppers, a fly fisherman's paradise. Libby aims to marry Dennis. Melinda tries to keep her dignity as an un-degreed lonely woman in a college town. And Dennis wants--what? Lipman is a modern-day Jane Austen and her characters crackle with wit and intelligence.

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In an enchanting second novel--a BOMC selection in cloth--Lipman traces the untriumphant return of 30-year-old Melinda LeBlanc to her recently gentrified Massachusetts hometown after a decade of unfocused living in California.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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I think the reason I like this book so much is that all the characters are very real.
carb101
My book club read "The Inn at Lake Divine" but the bookstore clerk recommended this book as Lipman's best.
"zulamae"
It's a fun book, full of quick-paced dialogue, interesting characters, and humorous observations.
karolinatx

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
Because I am a male, I tend to shy away from what I call the 'girlfriend' genre of novels, books by women about a group of fictional women, written for a female audience. Truth be known, I would have never bought this book were it not for the fact that good literature is hard, very hard to come by in Japan. Ms. Lipman gave me a pleasant surprise. Her book was a fast, easy read, and presented me with a dashing, clever female character that I not only fell in love with, I probably would have married her if I got the chance. Ms. Lipman has created a work of art, a truly wry and insightful look at being young, single and a bit carefree and sassy in a small town. This book had excellent characterizations, good plot development, fast, enjoyable dialogue, and an unstoppable momentum. I must confess- I LOVED IT! OK, I have learned my lesson. I will never judge a book by its cover ever again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "zulamae" on March 12, 2000
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My book club read "The Inn at Lake Divine" but the bookstore clerk recommended this book as Lipman's best. What a great read! I did enjoy this book much more. Her descriptions of the fly fishing shop and the customers and staff were wonderful. The interactions between the characters seemed very plausible. I've now read a third of her books. Each is written in a different style and I've enjoyed them all. I'm looking forward to many more works from Lipman.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marianne on November 25, 2000
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Melinda was a great character, and so were all the others. I could see so much of myself and others in her. A very believable read. Living in the area the author was writing about, I can tell you she has captured Main Street perfectly. This book had me smilling and thinking and smiling again. It is worth the read. Check it out, you won't be sorry. You'll have fun, see yourself, see your friends, understand a little more about human nature.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By karolinatx on November 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read all of Lipman's novels, and have thoroughly enjoyed them. If you think about it, there's not really much that you can object to -- the flaky characters are likable, the plot is helped along by various humorous/embarassing/poignant incidents, and the writing is quite good. Lipman's books are well-packaged reflections of real life, suitable for a bit of entertainment and escapism. After all, it's much more fun to read about the dating woes of someone else than to dwell on your own. The Way Men Act falls into this category as well. It's a fun book, full of quick-paced dialogue, interesting characters, and humorous observations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RLS on March 11, 1999
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She's a chronic complainer, completely self engrossed, vindictive and adorable. Melinda LeBlanc is my new hero.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vacation East on February 10, 2006
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The Way Men Act was an enjoyable read. Being worn out by all the super serious and meaningful, often depressing books, I found this one to be light, enjoyable and often humerous. Written in first person with a flair for description, the characters and environment developed fluidly and naturally as you read. For those looking for something positive, I recommend reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doctor_beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
I picked this novel up at a used book sale, as I had read and enjoyed several other of author Elinor Lipman's books, including Isabel's Bed, The Inn at Lake Devine, and Then She Found Me. The storyline of THE WAY MEN ACT seemed promising: set in a small college town, it features Melinda LeBlanc, a single woman in her 30s who has recently returned to her hometown, where she works in her cousin's flower shop as a floral designer. Several of Melinda's high school classmates have also settled back home, including Dennis, a popular black high school athlete who is now owner of the successful fly-fishing store just next door to Melinda, and Libby, who has opened her own designer dress shop.

In the first few chapters of the novel, Lipman provides background stories for Melinda, Dennis, and Libby in turn, covering each character's motivations for returning to their hometown of Harlow. This part of the novel felt odd to me, however: although the book is written in the first person (i.e., from Melinda's point of view), several chapters were devoted to both Dennis's and Libby's perspectives, which seemed strange. For this reason, I had trouble connecting with the characters early in the novel. The character of Melinda in particular felt very uneven and often unlikable at times. It wasn't until about halfway through the novel--in particular, when she began having more interactions with her mother--that Melinda became more relatable and likable. Given this, I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. I would probably rate this about 3 1/2 stars, as it was not my favorite read by Lipman, but not bad in the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey K on February 9, 2000
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I really loved this book. The characters are so real and entertaining! They make you wish you lived in Harrow. The story is very engaging; I also like the smaller plotline about Melinda's mother. The writing is so clever! Elinor Lipman is a definite must-read!
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More About the Author

Elinor Lipman is the author of "Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus" (Beacon Press, 2012). She is the author of nine novels, including The Inn at Lake Devine, Then She Found Me, and, most recently, The Family Man.

Follow her on Twitter: @elinorlipman.

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