The Inn at Lake Devine

The Inn at Lake Devine

Book - 1998
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It was not complicated, and, as my mother pointed out, not even personal: They had a hotel; they didn't want Jews; we were Jews...It's the early 1960s and Natalie Marx is stunned when her mother inquires about vacation accommodations in Vermont and receives a response that says, "The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles." So begins Natalie's fixation with the Inn and the family who owns it.  And when Natalie finagles an invitation to join a friend on vacation there, she sets herself upon a path that will inextricably link her adult life into this peculiar family and their once-restricted hotel. The Inn at Lake Devinewill enchant readers with the beguiling voice, elegant charm, and deft storytelling that have been hallmarks of Elinor Lipman's previous novels and have made her beloved by her fans.  Her characters sparkle on the page and delight us with their wit and grace--even when anti-Semitism rears its head in Vermont and the tables are turned in the Catskills.  Elinor Lipman is the undisputed master of the art of screwball comedy.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679456933
0679456937
Branch Call Number: LIPM
Characteristics: 253p. 24cm.

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haileyj
Jan 07, 2016

Having read a previous Lipman novel I was looking forward to another witty read but was disappointed. The entire premise seemed contrived and artificial. The characters weren't believable and the constant whine about how Jews were treated in the mid-90's was tiresome. I wouldn't recommend it.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

One of the last "urbane novelists," Lipman is a wise, witty, charming and good-hearted writer who takes you into a world of characters you'd like as friends. In this, her latest novel, a young woman meets up with a family of inn-owners from Vermont who had rejected her own (Jewish) family as guests in the sixties. Lovely revenge comedy!

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 06, 2013

Once again, she made me laugh out loud more than once!

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