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5.0 out of 5 stars Another marvelous read..., April 21, 2009
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This review is from: The Family Man (Hardcover)
Elinor Lipman's latest is another in a long line of great comedy-of-manner novels she's written. Maybe not quite as good as Lake Divine and Dearly Departed, but almost at that level.

There's something unique in Lipman's writing that I've tried to figure out in all ten of her novels. Her secondary characters are written as brilliantly as her main characters. I don't know how she does it - I guess that's why I'm a reader and not a writer - but maybe it's her wonderful dialogue. I'm left after reading her novels with the - unacted on, of course - urge to call her and ask her to write another novel, using the same characters, taking the storyline further. As all her novels are "stand-alones", it's clear she considers each one finished at the end.

She is a worthy successor to the late Laurie Colwin.
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Initial post: Apr 27, 2009 10:36:46 PM PDT
I love the way your review title referenced Laurie Colwin--I thought maybe it was a coincidence until I got to the end.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2009 6:02:42 PM PDT
Jill Meyer says:
OMG - you're right about the title of the review! I had not planned that. I do adore Laurie Colwin, though. Happy All the Time is really my alltime fav novel. I'm always glad to meet up with another Colwin fan.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2009 7:54:31 AM PDT
Mary Lins says:
I loved Colwin, too! AND I thoroughly enjoyed "The Family Man" - great review.
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