Henry Archer is a lawyer: successful, gay, lonely. Thalia, his estranged step-daughter, is about to embark on a risky plan to further her Hollywood career. Henry needs love; Thalia needs family. But is moving Thalia and her complicated love-life into the basement of his Manhattan townhouse a recipe for disaster? Or might chaos be the making of them all?
Elinor Lipman's social satire is Larry David without the high-pitched whine...It's hard (even annoying) to have to put her novels... down. Delightful... snappy and smart - LA Times
Delightful... just because something is 'light' doesn't mean it's not masterful...exquisite... Lipman mesmerized me. She hypnotized me. I admit it freely: I fell victim to the Elinor Lipman Effect - Washington Post
Sparkling...original, funny, achingly human characters - Entertainment Weekly
Elinor Lipman's tenth book finds her at the top of her singular game... Lipman's comic touch remains light but never slight. She writes dialogue that sizzles with playful, effortless wit - National Public Radio
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.