Friday, June 12, 2009

Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman, according to Fay Weldon, "is a far more serious novelist than she pretends to be or is allowed to be by reviewers.... Up there at the top is where this enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original and Austen-like stylist belongs..."

Lipman's new novel is The Family Man.

From a Q & A with the author at

What fictional character would you like to date?

I developed quite a crush on Anthony Rubin, boy next door and Jewish high school hockey player in Frederick Reiken's The Lost Legends of New Jersey.

What is your favorite literary first line?

"I have never begun a novel with more misgiving."
—W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor's Edge

Offer a favorite sentence or passage from another writer.

When I first read...[read on]
Read an excerpt from The Family Man, and learn more about the author and her work at Elinor Lipman's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Family Man.

--Marshal Zeringue