The delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, in which one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure, with deliriously entertaining results.
Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.
In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.
Good Riddanceis a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).
ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten novels, includingThe Inn at Lake Devine andMy Latest Grievance, winner of the Paterson Fiction Prize.
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"The question of who gets to tell one’s own story lies at the heart of Lipman’ssmart, sassy, and satisfying rom-com. . . Luckily for fans of contemporary women’s fiction, the answer is Lipman as she once again deliversa tightly woven, lightly rendered, but insightfully important novel of the pitfalls to be avoided and embraced on one’s path to self-discovery."
"Lipman’s satisfying latest is a worthy addition to her long lineup ofsmart, witty novels. . . a charming romantic comedy . . . with astellar cast of supporting characters [. . . ] and intelligent and lyrical prose. . . Adelightful treat readers will want to savor."
"Fans of Lipman will cheer for a new novel in her signature style: funny, warm, sharp, smart, and full of love for family, no matter how flawed."
"Au courant elements . . . add a fresh twist to the proceedings. Lipman's narrative brio keeps things moving at a good clip."
"Thesharp, smart witof Elinor Lipman is a treasure andGood Riddance more than delivers with laugh out loud dialogue, wise social commentary, and thoughtful observations about love."
—Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life
“Elinor Lipman always delights with her romantic comedies, andGood Riddance is Lipman at her best: funny, smart, and utterly charming.”