ELINOR LIPMAN is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine; one essay collection, I Can't Complain; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She lives in New York City.
Gwen-Laura Consadine, widowed and still grieving after two years, moves into a swanky Manhattan penthouse at her older sister Margot's invitation. Margot's place is a bit too much for her to keep on her own now that her money has been Madoff-Ponzied away, a fact that she chronicles on her little-read blog. Margot has reason to vent publicly: her ex-husband, a fertility specialist, is doing prison time for an uberscandal. While Gwen needs to be shaken out of her grief and Margot needs to come out of her rage, both need occupation, money, and direction. Enter Anthony, their third roommate and a cupcake artist with a knack for handling older women. Anthony is essential when Gwen is determined to start a business built on the idea of the "Chaste Dates" for which she longs, and once the fertility doctor is back on the scene. VERDICT Lipman (Then She Found Me; The Inn at Lake Devine) hits her stride again. Middle-age love, family dynamics, and friendship makes her latest jarringly funny, touching, and vividly amusing.-Julie Kane, Sweet Briar College Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"More delicious than my cup of steaming cocoa...tender, funny...The View from Penthouse B sparkles with wit." --The New York Times Book Review "It's all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters' foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease...Lipman's fiction always honors an implicit contract to provide reader satisfaction." --Washington Post "Sophisticated...Lipman dramatizes Gwen-Laura's dating with her usual tact and dry humor." --Wall Street Journal "[A] shabby-chic fantasia...Lipman's milieu is gentle comedy, and her novels gravitate toward optimism: They're mischievous, sometimes wry, but hopeful of romance and redemption even in an emotionally messy world." --The Boston Globe "A sly comedy of modern manners." --The Miami Herald "Winning and often wildly funny...This novel, in fact, disappears faster than a red-velvet cupcake, even when you try to read more slowly because the diminishing number of pages means you're unfortunately getting closer to the acknowledgments." --The Seattle Times "The View from Penthouse B mixes sisters, online dating, and Bernie Madoff's victims into a witty confection." --Parade