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Dearly Departed, the (2001) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Everyone in King George, New Hampshire, loved Margaret Batten, part-time amateur actress, full-time wallflower, and single mother to a now-distant daughter, Sunny. But accidents happen. The death of Margaret, side by side with her putative fiance, brings Sunny back to the scene of her unhappy adolescence, to the community that remembers her solely, nervously, as "the girl who golfed". Re-entry is to be dreaded; there's no hiding in a town with one diner, one doctor, one stop sign, one motel. Yet allies surface: the country club opens its doors to its former Orphan Annie caddie. High school classmates, even the tormenters, have grown up nicely, matured in unforeseen and gratifying ways. Maybe, Sunny begins to think, she wasn't as beleaguered as she felt she was; maybe her mother's life was richer than anyone suspected; and maybe the man at the funeral, the one with her face, her flyaway hair, her golf swing, is the half-brother she doesn't know she needs.

Original title: The Dearly Departed
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionHumor
FictionGeneral FictionWomen's Fiction

Edition #1: Dearly Departed, the

Dearly Departed, the (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Readers can count on Lipman for stylish, sprightly novels imbued with a deep affection for her all-too-human characters. Her newest offering continues the high standard set by her first novel, Then She Found Me, and continued through her recent The Ladies' Man." Library Journal
  • "Another sharply observed, if avowedly romantic, comedy of manners from Lipman...Austen would have approved: astringency with a happy ending." Kirkus Reviews
  • "Despite (or maybe because of) the morbid way Lipman introduces her story, she keeps The Dearly Departed masterfully light, adding just enough heft to keep it surely on course." The New York Times Book Review
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Dearly Departed, the (2001)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780679463122
Dimensions: 6.39 x 9.58 x 1 in
Pages: 269

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