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The View from Penthouse B

by Elinor Lipman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | April 8, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot''s luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it''s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony.

As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot''s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers.


"Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman."-Boston Globe

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544228073

ISBN - 13: 9780544228078

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The View from Penthouse B

The View from Penthouse B

by Elinor Lipman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: April 8, 2014

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0544228073

ISBN - 13: 9780544228078

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1 Fort Necessity Since Edwin died, I have lived with my sister Margot in the Batavia, an Art Deco apartment building on beautiful West Tenth Street in Greenwich Village. This arrangement has made a great deal of sense for us both: I lost my husband without warning, and Margot lost her entire life''s savings to the Ponzi schemer whose name we dare not speak. Though we call ourselves roommates, we are definitely more than that, something on the order of wartime trenchmates. She refers to me fondly as her boarder?-?ironic, of course, because no one confuses a boarding house with an apartment reached via an elevator button marked ph. In a sense, we live in both luxury and poverty, looking out over the Hudson while stretching the contents of tureens of stews and soups that Margot cooks expertly and cheerfully. She takes cookbooks out of the library and finds recipes that add a little glamour to our lives without expensive ingredients, so a pea soup that employs a ham bone might start with sautéed cumin seeds or a grilled cheese sandwich is elevated to an entrée with the addition of an exotic slaw on the plate. We mostly get along fine, and our division of labor is fair: cook and dishwasher, optimist and pessimist. Margot has turned herself into a professional blogger?-?or so she likes to announce. Her main topic is the incarcerated lifer who stole all her money, and her readers were primarily her fellow victims. I use "were" instead of "are" because visitors to www.thepoorhouse.co
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Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot''s luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it''s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony.

As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot''s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers.


"Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman."-Boston Globe

About the Author

ELINOR LIPMAN is the author of ten 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 Massachusetts and New York City.

Editorial Reviews

"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

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