When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry's Upper West Side townhouse, she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds new life - and maybe even new love - in the commotion.
©2009 Elinor Lipman; (P)2009 BBC Audiobooks America
This is a fun book - listening to it is a pleasure. Lipman is at her witty, wry and warm best. I've read all of her books and recommend "The Inn at Lake Divine" to intelligent friends who are looking for a good book to take their minds off of their troubles. I will certainly add "The Family Man" to my list of recommendations and in particular this audio version to my friends who need a "light listen" instead of a "light read." I mean no insult by the word "light." Lipman does tackle serious themes, but she does so with a fresh and gentle approach that doesn't feel preachy or taxing.
What an enjoyable book by someone who really knows how to write. Why hadn't I heard of Elinor Lipman before my sister told me about her? And Jonathan Davis was spot on as the reader. He captured the subtleties of various New York accents without sounding in the least bit hokey.Definitely recommended.
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This was a fun listen. I liked all the quirky characters. Hope there is a sequel!
Yes, very sweet and entertaining.
Henry because he was so open to change in his life.
No, I never listened to one of his performances.
This isn't the type of book I normally listen to but I am so glad I did. It was awesome.
I don't believe in leaving a review of books I didn't finish, but this one's an exception.
Initially, we meet Henry's ex-wife, whom he hasn't heard from in 25 years, bitching about her long-ago pre-nup being enforced by her stepson: she was to get everything should her third husband (Henry was second) die after their 25th anniversary; he only made it to #24. So, she's now reduced to "penury" as a result (an allowance that would still put her in the top 1% or so of U. S. households). Ugh!
Henry realizes he knows Thalia, her daughter from husband #1 (his step-daughter) as an adult; he can't tell mommy, because she and the daughter are feuding. Henry moans to the reader how he married mommy for "an instant family", and "didn't fight hard enough" for custody of Thalia.
He meets 29 year old Thalia for lunch, where they reminisce about "old times" (she was roughly 7 the last time they met). He again moans about "not trying hard enough". At that point, I realized that I had tried enough to force myself to go on, so I stopped.
I don't mind "chick lit"; I liked "Bridget Jones' Diary"! These cartoon stereotypes of characters were just too much. Henry came across as either having an incredibly empty life (though he's described as successful, rich and handsome), or being incredibly possessive in terms of "getting Thalia back" like ... well ... a possession! He was her stepfather from ages 3 - 7, her mother left him to marry a straight guy, who wanted to adopt Thalia. What claim exactly did that give Henry to "fight harder"? The kid wasn't being abused!
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