From the beloved and acclaimed novelist, a collection of witty, moving essaysIn her two decades of writing, Elinor Lipman has populated her fictional universe with characters so utterly real that we feel like they’re old friends. Now she shares an even more intimate world with us—her own—in essays that offer a candid, charming take on modern life. Looking back and forging ahead, she considers the subjects that matter most: childhood and condiments, long marriage and solo living, career and politics.
Here you’ll find the lighthearted: a celebration of four decades of All My Children, a reflection on being Jewish in heavily Irish-Catholic Lowell on St. Patrick’s Day, a hilariously unflinching account of her tiptoe into online dating. But she also tackles the serious and profound in eloquent stories of unexpected widowhood and caring for elderly parents that use her struggles to illuminate ours. Whether for Lipman’s longtime readers or those who love the essays of Nora Ephron or Anna Quindlen, I Can't Complain is a diverting delight.
Praise for I Can’t Complain:
“Whether or not one is a Lipman fan before reading this collection, he or she most certainly will be by the time the final page is turned.”
“Lipman speaks as an Everywoman . . . [Fans] will find much here to enjoy and reflect on.”
Praise for Elinor Lipman:
“Up there at the top is where this enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist belongs.”
—Fay Weldon, Washington Post
“About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades.”
“Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman.”
“If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later, gone to Smith, then palled around with Fran Lebowitz, chances are she’d have written like Elinor Lipman. She is one of the last urbane romantics.”
—Julie Glass, Chicago Tribune