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It's About Your Husband Paperback – October 19, 2006
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Iris is trying to make a new life for herself, but her old life just isn't cooperating. In the middle of her divorce, she moves to New York to take a new job. After a few weeks, though, she is laid off and left single, broke, and lost in the city. When she reluctantly agrees to spy on the husband of her friend's sister, she finds herself in the middle of a madcap romantic comedy. Iris' miscommunications, the obvious plot "twists," and the gay best friend-stylist will seem familiar to any reader of chick lit. However, it's all done with such a light touch that even the predictable is enjoyable. Lipton has a day job as an editor for a fashion magazine, and sprinkled throughout the novel a careful reader will find great tips on hair and makeup. An author's note at the end adds even more helpful hints on how to fix the beauty dilemmas Iris faces throughout. Marta Segal
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'Smart, sassy and impossible to put down. Readers will love Lauren Lipton' - Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries.
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At end of the day delivering a deftly crafted book suited to the palate of the respective genre is the aim of any writer. Ms Lipton has done this remarkably well.
For the first time in ages I had to try and pace my reading of the novel or I would have read it off in a few hours. Even then i ended up "rereading " the last few chapters " repeatedly". Yes it is that good and it is not only good "chick lit" fiction but a very good novel.
It is a simple storyline but well developed, The characters are rich and strong and also expertly developed. The book is riotously funny, not slapstick just plain good ole' humour.
Since reading this book I have been trying to get more books by this author but her next novel is not slated to come until 2009
A long wait but if its anything like this one it will be worth every minute of it
Along the way, Iris has to decide whether to try again with her soon to be ex husband and to forgive her mother for having an affair and leaving her father. In the end Iris makes all the right decisions for a satisfying ending.
The characters are interesting and well-drawn, and Lauren Lipton tells the story with humor and sensitivity. The only character I didn't really like was Val, mainly because she was way too bossy and Iris kept giving in to her. But even Val mellowed by the end of the book.
Having moved to New York to take a job, which she is promptly dispatched from, Iris is thrown her into stalking other women's husbands for money to augment her meager unemployment checks.
Part novel, part self-help in regards to the things married couples find irritating with each others' personalities, Lipton has created a fast-paced read that ends with an ironic twist.
"Husbands and wives have problems. They all do. In the end each have to take responsibility for his or her contribution to those problems and to decide together, like adults, whether to keep trying or to move on." Many a marriage counselor in real-life utter these very same words. They smarter the pages as shiny gold nuggets for all of us in relationships, married or not, to remember.
Iris Hedge seems an unlikely heroine with her consistently self-deprecating humor, martyr-like behavior and passionate dislike of New York. During the hot and muggy days of August when everyone in Manhattan flees the island, Iris hits rock bottom while watching her neighbor's dog, Rocky.
Fortunately for Iris there is nowhere to go but up. She commits to return to the land of palm trees and spends her days visiting museums and the New York City Library. When her hair stylist neighbor, Simon, comes back from Fire Island, he gives her a stunning new haircut and she realizes that she's survived New York and she's going to be all right.
@krautgrrl says: Light-hearted and full of laughs Lipton is an exciting new fictional voice. Non-New Yorkers will especially like her tips and tricks for staying in the Big Apple. If you've lived in NYC, like I have, don't bother with this book, it will strike you as silly.
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