The Inn at Lake Devine

By Elinor Lipman
(Random House (NY), Paperback, 9780375704857, 272pp.)

Publication Date: April 1999

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It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx's mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: 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. For twelve-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irresistible challenge.

In this beguiling novel, Elinor Lipman charts her heroine's fixation with a small bastion of genteel anti-Semitism, a fixation that will have wildly unexpected consequences on her romantic life. As Natalie tries to enter the world that has excluded her--and succeeds through the sheerest of accidents--The Inn at Lake Devine becomes a delightful and provocative romantic comedy full of sparkling social mischief.  




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.
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