From the beloved and acclaimed novelist, a collection of witty, moving essays.In 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.
In charming and often self-deprecating fashion, novelist Lipman (The View from Penthouse B) has penned an engaging and moving series of essays about her life some previously published in the Boston Globe ( Boy Meets Girl, I Want to Know ), others in Good Housekeeping ( Good Grudgekeeping ) and the New York Times ( Confessions of a Blurb Slut ). The most touching is Lipman s tribute to her late husband, Bob Austin, in This Is for You, and the loving treatment of her son, Benjamin, in the same essay, lauding him for his help during his father s last days. (Earlier in the collection, the laugh-filled Sex Ed provides a hysterical look at the author and her doctor husband trying to explain the reproductive process to their fifth-grader son.) No Outline? Is That Any Way to Write a Novel? offers a fascinating glimpse into Lipman s creative process. 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.