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The Family Man
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A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer's ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a courtly lawyer,  gay, successful, lonely.   Thalia is now 29, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed crackpot mother—Denise, Henry's ex.  She agrees to pose as the girlfriend of an unsavory actor who is forlornly down on his romantic luck.   When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry's Upper West Side townhouse,she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds peace in the commotion.
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A hysterical phone call from Henry Archer's ex-wife and a familiar face in a photograph upend his well-ordered life and bring him back into contact with the child he adored, a short-term stepdaughter from a misbegotten marriage long ago. Henry is a courtly lawyer,  gay, successful, lonely.   Thalia is now 29, an actress-hopeful, estranged from her newly widowed crackpot mother—Denise, Henry's ex.  She agrees to pose as the girlfriend of an unsavory actor who is forlornly down on his romantic luck.   When Thalia and her complicated social life move into the basement of Henry's Upper West Side townhouse,
she finds a champion in her long-lost father, and he finds peace in the commotion.

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About Elinor

I was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the second daughter in an exceedingly functional family. Religion: Jewish. Schools: public. Pets: none. Roving guard in girls' basketball throughout high school.

At Simmons college, I majored in something called "Publications"; I...

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Published Reviews

Apr.21.2009

A divorced gay man's vanquished paternalism returns when he reconnects with his long-lost stepdaughter in Lipman's hilarious and moving 10th novel. Set in New York, the book opens with Henry Archer phoning...

May.11.2009

In The Family Man, a sparkling, sprightly comedy — Elinor Lipman's 10th — dapper Manhattan attorney Henry Archer gets the shock of his life when he realizes the receptionist he's just tipped is none other...