The View From Penthouse B

The View From Penthouse B

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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

Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment in the latest from Elinor Lipman, "the last urbane romantic" (Julia Glass).

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Two newly-single sisters, one by a divorce, the other by a death, become roommates with a handsome, gay cupcake-baker as they try to return to the dating world of lower Manhattan in this novel from the author of The Inn at Lake Devine.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547840628
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 06, 2015

Very predictable story line, no wit or humour. Did not finish.

Nov 21, 2015

I really enjoyed this sweet, funny, sincere story of two sisters, their male roommate and other friends and family who enter the story at strategic points. I like this author's style and it was an easy, light enough, fun story to read and a welcome follow-up to a more "literary" story I'd just finished. The story ends on an up-note that life is good and hopeful. I would definitely read more of this author.

Aug 19, 2014

A novel for grownups about grownups. Funny, sad and satisfying.

Aug 17, 2013

Very predictable, a little silly, slightly amusing.

Aug 17, 2013

One of those books that make you extra glad to be a reader. I loved the characters, the story, the emotion, and the writing style. Great book, and one of my favorites of the summer.

Jul 11, 2013

Lovable characters doing their best to get on with their lives; great dialogue with many funny moments: it's also quite moving.

Jun 07, 2013

I've loved everything (so far) that I've read of this author's. She's got such an endearing way of describing her characters' personalities, complete with flaws, fears and foibles. Her story-lines are inventive without being out of the realm of possibility. She reminds me of Ann Tyler, but with less of the quirky aspects of Tyler's characters, and more of the character aspects where you think this could be you or your neighbor or friend living in this book. And kind of wish it was!

Michael Colford May 22, 2013

Is there a better contemporary author than Elinor Lipman in delivering a charming, witty, modern-day novel about adults? If so, I need to be reading their books. Elinor's The View from Penthouse B chronicles the lives of two sisters stuck in a bit of social limbo; one widowed suddenly over a year ago, the other a divorcee and victim of a Ponzi scheme. The two sisters become roommates, and take in a boarder in the form of a young gay man, also unemployed, and in his own state of limbo.

While the story eventually gets around to the two sisters trying to move forward in their lives, Elinor's observations and writing are so delightfully witty and honest that it almost doesn't matter whether or not Gwen and Margot regain their social lives. The journey is so entertaining, so much fun to read that it's almost enough by itself. Then add a beautifully realized plot that sees a lovely ending that actually moved me enough that I got choked up, and you realize that with deceptive simplicity, Elinor has delivered a masterpiece of contemporary fiction.

I adore Elinor's novels, and look forward to each new one with giddy anticipation.


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Sep 21, 2014

Anthony was gathering dishes and stacking them with the expertise of a young man whose parents had raised him doing chores.

Sep 21, 2014

He surprised me with one of those hugs, the new substitute handshake . . .

Sep 21, 2014

Had I imagined we were conducting a mild flirtation? Yes, I had. This confirmed what I already knew: that every man was unavailable, and what seemed like friendly attention was two sentences away from a call across the room, to the effect of _Honey! Come over here. I want you to meet – sorry, your name again?_

Sep 21, 2014

“Did your mother or your father or your sisters ever tell you that you were pretty, too? Because, believe me, that family stuff can do a job on you. We’re all given labels in the family – the pretty one, the smart one, the wild one – and it sticks!”


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