'Imagine, if you can, a cross between Phillip Roth and Melissa Bank' Maggie O'Farrell, Independent on Sunday
Isabel is a glamorous blonde with a sensational past; Harriet is a bookish single would-be writer who never takes risks - except once. That risk is to answer an advert; Isabel wants to tell her story and only a ghostwriter, constantly on-hand in her luxurious Cape Cod hideaway, will be able to do it for her. The job goes to Harriet, who quickly discovers that living with Isabel is a lesson - in sex-appeal, in secrets and in seizing the moment - she's needed all her life.
Elinor Lipman's sharp, funny, life-enhancing fiction is loved by readers everywhere, and by writers as varied as Anita Shreve and Nigella Lawson, Maggie O'Farrell and Carol Shields. Her novels include The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel's Bed and The Way Men Act. Lipman's novel Then She Found Me was the basis for a major film of the same name, released in 2008.
She lives in New York.