A warm and witty story that has been made into a major Hollywood film
One of Elinor Lipman's funniest and most entertaining novels.
Given up for adoption thirty-six years ago, April Epner, now a quiet-living, sensible-jumper-wearing Latin teacher, has never had the slightest desire to be reunited with her biological mother. But, as it turns out, she doesn't have a choice.
When Bernice Graverman, the brash, glamorous host of a mildly successful daytime TV talk show, flounces into her life claiming to be her mother, April is horrified: can she and this woman really share the same genes? Worse still, Bernice seems determined to take up her maternal role where she left off. Her first task: to tackle April's non-existent love life
'Just occasionally you come across a writer whose sentences are so perfect, you want to swill them around in your mouth as you read, just to savor their deliciousness. Elinor Lipman is just such a writer. When you read a book you love, you both want to gallop through it and yet never finish it... Lipman has been described as a latterday Jane Austen - I'd go along with that' Nigella Lawson
Elinor Lipman's sharp, funny, life-enhancing fiction is loved by readers everywhere, and by writers as varied as Anita Shreve, Maggie O'Farrell and Carol Shields. Four of her novels are currently in development as feature films, including Then She Found Me, which will star Helen Hunt, Bette Midler and Colin Firth. She divides her time between Massachusetts and New York City.