The Family Man

The Family Man

Large Print - 2009
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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 lawyer, an old-fashioned man, gay, successful, lonely. Thalia, now twenty-nine, is an actress-hopeful. When she moves into Henry's basement, Thalia finds a champion in her long-lost father.
Publisher: Detroit : Thorndike Press, 2009
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410419194
1410419193
Branch Call Number: FICTION Lip
Characteristics: large print
443 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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EricaReynolds
Jan 12, 2016

Quirky but completely endearing characters. A great weekend or vacation read. Cheers!

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Belauthor
Jul 19, 2015

I found Elinor Lipman's The Family Man biting and witty. Where did she come up with these absurd scenarios and colorful characters?

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rita9
Jul 07, 2015

A wonderful weekend read. Light but not fluffy. Endearing characters.

DebbyReese Jun 09, 2012

Lipman has a wonderful way of developing her characters - she has a great balance of humor and sensitivity in her writing.

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andreareads
Aug 20, 2011

An exploration of modern families, careers, dating, legal agreements and life in New York city, this novel has an odd plot, but that's part of its charm. With multiple marriages, discoveries of sexual orientation, and disagreements with blood relatives involved, sometimes family really is something you choose.

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macierules
Dec 05, 2009

The Family Man is Henry Archer, a gay retired lawyer who is reconnected with a much beloved ex-adopted daughter. Characters were completely lovable and the dialogue believable. Lipman has great wit and this book was a perfect beach read.

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vickiz
May 10, 2009

Calling something a guilty pleasure suggests that while that thing is amusing or satisfying in a fleeting fashion, it is also superficial, not particularly well executed or not of lasting value. I've read all of Elinor Lipman's books - of which her latest, "The Family Man", is one of my favourites - and I realize that I need not think of them as guilty pleasures. The Jane Austen comparisons may be a tad overstated, but Lipman lovingly and elegantly crafts charming characters, foibles and all, along with engaging storylines and refreshing dialogue well within the realm of believability. Rueful Henry Archer and how he goes about forging a new extended family from fragments of his past, present and future are a delight to follow. Elinor Lipman's work is a pleasure ... no guilt necessary!

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andreareads
Aug 21, 2011

Men don't follow up. You could tattoo your number on the palm of their hand and they still wouldn't call.

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andreareads
Aug 21, 2011

Don't get too attached! It's a recipe for heartbreak. You get attached to the person your kid's dating, and then they break up and you suffer more than they do.

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andreareads
Aug 21, 2011

It must be over. I was banished from her Facebook page.

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