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Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband when her sister, Margot, invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot's luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal, 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 Anthony. As the three swap money-making schemes and Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot's paroled ex in the 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.

©2013 Elinor Lipman (P)2013 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • L. Syre
  • Boston, MA United States
  • 06-10-15

A Must-Listen Lipman Novel

Ellie Lipman succeeds where too many authors fail: the reader cares about every single character. You want all to live happily ever after.
The narrator of this audio book gives a stellar performance!

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A Story Worth Reading Again

Didn't want it to finish. Characters captured perfectly, story flowed nicely, reader was perfect match to characters personality I want to read more from this author!in

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Classic Lipman Fun

As with most of her books, Elinor Lipman has assembled an appealing cast of characters. They are all equally flawed and charming, and in this story, help each other rebuild broken or interrupted lives. Even the minor characters -- including personals ads respondees -- have the Lipman touch, supported by the nuanced reading of Mia Barron. Take a break from your more serious fiction and non-fiction books and just enjoy this easy-going, fun story.

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  • Lee
  • Blue Anchor, NJ, United States
  • 03-29-15

Ridiculous

I did finish this book but only because I fell asleep during the last half & only woke for the last chapter. It seems I didn't miss a thing