Author Elinor Lipman on her New Books, the Novel, The View from Penthouse B, and the essay collection, I Can't Complain
After an introduction by editor and Westporter Sybil Steinberg, Elinor Lipman will talk about her new novel, The View from Penthouse B, where two sisters recover, as unexpected roommates, from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, it is a witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers. She will also talk about her new book of essays with offers a candid, charming take on modern life. I Can't Complain looks back and forges ahead, as Elinor considers the subjects that matter most: childhood and condiments, long marriage and solo living, career and politics.
Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, Lipman graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism. She lives in western Massachusetts and Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001. Her novel Then She Found Me was adapted into a 2007 feature film, directed by and starring Helen Hunt. Her novels The Ladies' Man and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift are in pre-production as feature films. Her book of rhyming political tweets, Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus will be available in August 2012 from Beacon Press. Her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Salon.com.
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