One of Elinor Lipman's most delicious and best-loved novels, given a glorious new package as part of Headline Review's acquisition of this fantastic author.
It's 1962 and Natalie Marx is shocked when her mother receives this reply to her enquiry about summer accommodation in Vermont: 'Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles.'
It was not complicated, as her mother pointed out. 'They had a hotel; they didn't want Jews. We were Jews.'
For the intrepid twelve-year-old Natalie, the words are an infuriating, irresistible challenge. She manages to wangle an invitation to join a friend on holiday there and, as her obsession begins with the family that has excluded her, she sets in train events which will change her life, and which will tie her forever to the eccentric family who run the Inn at Lake Devine
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.