More than just romantic comedy, Elinor Lipman writes what can best be described as sophisticated romantic commentary. She has been compared to Jane Austen for her talent in writing humorous social satire. With a string of bestselling novels under her belt, Lipman’s readers keep coming back for the great stories.
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Northampton, Massachusetts, and New York, New York
Date of Birth:
October 16, 1950
Place of Birth:
A.B., Simmons College, 1972; Honorary Doctor of Letters, Simmons College, 2000
New England Book Award for Fiction, 2001
|Advice for the Aspiring|
|In our exclusive interview, we asked Lipman to give advice to aspiring authors. She reveals, "The most heartening thing I’ve ever heard from an editor, when she was asked, 'What are publishers looking for? Are they looking for big commercial books about war and submarines and socialites?' was her answer: 'I’m looking to fall in love on the first page.'"|
|Lipman's Reading Recommendations|
Lipman told us that she highly recommends Carol Shields' last novel, Unless, calling it "a reflection on what it means to be a writer, a parent, a woman, a wife, and a friend." She continues, "It's brilliant and funny, evidencing all of Shields' trademark sly social commentary and warmth."
J. D. Salinger
She also named J. D. Salinger's collection of vignettes, Nine Stories, as a must-read. "My favorite short story of all time, 'For Esmé -- with Love and Squalor' is contained therein," she explains. Read the interview to learn even more about Lipman's favorite writers and their works, including:
|Photo by Chester Higgins Jr.||