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Then She Found Me

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Novel by Elinor Lipman
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The reunion

  • Mar 4, 2011
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"My biological mother was 17 when she had me in 1952, and even that was more than I wanted to know about her.” But April Epner is about to find out more - a whole lot more. Then She Found Me is a bittersweet gem of a novel dealing with the reunion of mother and daughter, when the daughter is 36 and the mother in her fifties. April is a serious, reserved Latin teacher whose adoptive parents have since died. Bernice G is a local talk show host, brash, narcissistic, and determined to always have lots of attention and her own way. She also tells a lot of lies. Their attempts to get to know each other bring about many situations, some poignant, but most exasperatingly funny. Along the way, as a side effect of some of Bernice's ceaseless micromanaging, April is stunned to find herself in love with a most unlikely guy. Ms. Lipman has created a quirky, attractive, and genuine cast of characters in this story about all kinds of love. She has authored eight other novels, and smart but gentle satire is a hallmark of her work, , which has prompted some critics to label her "the Jewish Jane Austen." But you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy her writing, just human. Then She Found Me is a breath of literary fresh air.
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March 04, 2011
Sounds like a really fun read. Thanks for sharing, Linda!
 
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