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Publisher, Date:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Description:
252 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Two newly-single sisters, one a divorcée, the other a widow, become roommates with a handsome, gay cupcake-baker as they try to return to the dating world of lower Manhattan.
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LCCN:
2012018088
ISBN:
9780547576213
0547576218
Other Number:
793726619
System Availability:
11
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
11
Control Number:
992272
Call Number:
813/.54
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
10
# System items in:
10
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Characters
Gwen-Laura Schmidt (Female), Widow, Jewish, American, Becomes roommates with her sister after her husband's death;
Margot (Female), Divorced, Jewish, American, Family was involved in scandal; tries to get away from it all with her sister
Genre
Fiction
Domestic
Topics
Sisters
Widowers
Divorce
Roommates
Moneymaking projects
Life changes
Setting
New York - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st Century
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  Library Journal Review

Gwen-Laura Consadine, widowed and still grieving after two years, moves into a swanky Manhattan penthouse at her older sister Margot's invitation. Margot's place is a bit too much for her to keep on her own now that her money has been Madoff-Ponzied away, a fact that she chronicles on her little-read blog. Margot has reason to vent publicly: her ex-husband, a fertility specialist, is doing prison time for an uberscandal. While Gwen needs to be shaken out of her grief and Margot needs to come out of her rage, both need occupation, money, and direction. Enter Anthony, their third roommate and a cupcake artist with a knack for handling older women. Anthony is essential when Gwen is determined to start a business built on the idea of the "Chaste Dates" for which she longs, and once the fertility doctor is back on the scene. VERDICT Lipman (Then She Found Me; The Inn at Lake Devine) hits her stride again. Middle-age love, family dynamics, and friendship makes her latest jarringly funny, touching, and vividly amusing.-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar College Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

After losing her divorce settlement in Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme, Margot settles into a new penthouse in Greenwich Village with her widowed, jobless sister, Gwen-Laura Schmidt, and Anthony Sarno, a gay, recently laid-off, 20-something financier. The result, in Lipman's thin 11th novel (after The Family Man), is a makeshift homey boarding house for lost souls. After Margot's ex-husband Charles Pierrepont is released from a cushy prison, where he was serving time for inseminating patients at his OBGYN clinic with his own sperm, he moves into her building and begins to worm his way back into her life. Chaste Gwen-Laura decides to get back into the dating pool, but most of her suitors are more interested in sex than companionship. Meanwhile dynamic interloper Anthony tries to break the sisters out of their stalled state. Lipman's choppy dialogue rarely delves beneath the surface, and for an author known for her sense of humor, this novel is sorely void of laughs. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME Entertainment. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot's luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it's a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot's paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers. "Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman."- Boston Globe
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