Friday, September 27, 2013

The View From Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman


The View From Penthouse B
by Elinor Lipman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
272 pages
Source: borrowed from the library

Motivation:  Recommended by Audrey

One line summary (from amazon):
Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment

Brief thoughts:
I really enjoyed this novel! Set so firmly in 21st century Manhattan, it even had me googling various restaurants and adding them to my NYC list. Lipman's characters are strong and well-developed; their dialogue is smart, true, and, at times, very funny. I look forward to reading more of her work and think The Inn at Lake Devine  may be next.

My rating:

22 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well, though I never got around to reviewing it. I think you'll like The Inn at Lake Devine just as much if not more!

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    1. Lisa - I was planning to start with The Inn at Lake Devine, but Audrey made Penthouse B sound so appealing!

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  2. I haven't read any of her work, but you're looking for more, then I need to add her to my list.

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    1. Bath F - I've been meaning to read Lipman for years! So glad I finally made the time.

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  3. Oooh, I love entertaining books that have real places you can Google and explore!

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    1. Sandy - That definitely helped make this book so much fun!

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  4. This is the first I've heard of this book. I love the setting and that the book contains some humor.

    Thank you for the recommendation!

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    1. Amy - It came out earlier this year and several bloggers enjoyed it, so I was pretty confident I would too.

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  5. I love it when an author has me googling things because of their work. I'm going to see if my library has this one.

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    1. Vasilly - It's been a while since I novel made me google something... that made the book even more fun!

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  6. I enjoyed The Inn at Lake Devine and have seen this one around but didn't realize it was by the same author.

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    1. Ti - Glad to know you enjoyed The Inn at Lake Devine. Hope I can read it soon.

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  7. I'm so glad you like her -- and this book!

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    1. Audrey - Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  8. I haven't read this one, but I have read lots of other Lipmans. My experience has been that none of them lived up to the wonderful Inn at Lake Devine.

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    1. Thomas - I knew The Inn at Lake Devine was your favorite Lipman novel and I did intend to start there, but after Audrey's recommendation and seeing Penthouse B on the library shelf, it seemed like a sign. Lake Devine will be next... can't wait to see how the two compare!

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  9. I've always enjoyed E. Lipman and need to make time for this one as well. Glad u enjoyed it.

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    1. Diane - I'll definitely be reading more of her books!

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  10. I liked this one, too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts....

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - Have you read any of her other books? I'm thinking about The Inn at Lake Devine next, but always appreciate recommendations.

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  11. I love that you found new places to check out!

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    1. Stacybuckeye - Sure hope I get to check them out next month!

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