Isabel's Bed (Paperback)

By Elinor Lipman

Washington Square Press, 9780671015640, 400pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1998

List Price: 24.99*
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When Harriet Mahoney first sees it, Isabel Krug's bed is covered with sheared sheep and littered with celebrity biographies. Unpublished, fortyish, and recently jilted, Harriet has fled Manhattan for Isabel's loudly elegant Cape Cod retreat, where she will ghostwrite The Isabel Krug Story, based on the sexy blond's scandalous tabloid past. Unusually "talented" in the man department ("I give lessons"), Isabel revamps and inspires Harriet as they gear up to tell all, including the tangled history Isabel shares with her odd lodger, Costas. Life according to Isabel is a nonstop soap opera extravaganza, an experience to be swallowed whole -- and the attitude is catching....

About the Author

Elinor Lipman is the author of the novels The Way Men Act and Then She Found Me, and a collection of short stories Into Love and Out Again. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, she lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and son.

Praise For Isabel's Bed

Chicago Tribune

If Jane Austen had been born about two centuries later...chances are she'd have written like Elinor Lipman.... One of the last of the urbane romantics.

Carolyn See
The Washington Post Book World

By about page ten of this novel, the reader gets a...grin on his face, and that grin doesn't really stop for about a week.

San Francisco Chronicle

Delightful....Engaging....The perfect companion....After a short while, these characters become more vivid than one's own friends.


A warm, affecting tale about one smart woman letting go of her dumb choices and fumbling toward love....