The View from Penthouse B

The View from Penthouse B

by Elinor Lipman
3.7 14


$9.64 $14.95 Save 36% Current price is $9.64, Original price is $14.95. You Save 36%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Friday, August 25 , Order now and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.


The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

“It’s all wonderful fun. Lipman sketches her characters’ foibles with amused affection and moves the plot forward with practiced ease.” – Washington Post

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious Greenwich Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it’s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony.

As the three swap moneymaking schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age from one of our finest comic writers.

The View from Penthouse B mixes sisters, online dating, and Bernie Madoff's victims into a witty confection.” – Parade

“Lipman’s acuity as a social observer makes her voice seem to belong to a wise and funny friend.” – Boston Globe

“A sly comedy of modern manners.” – Miami Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544228078
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/08/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 154,484
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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.


Northampton, Massachusetts, and New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 16, 1950

Place of Birth:

Lowell, Massachusetts


A.B., Simmons College, 1972; Honorary Doctor of Letters, Simmons College, 2000

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

The View from Penthouse B 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From other reviews I thought that this book was going to be great and I was really looking forward to reading it. It took about 50 pages to really get going and although it was an okay summer read, I don't think I'd recommend it. There's so much out there to read, I feel kind of cheated that I spent the time on this when there are so many other books I want to read. Didn't live up to my expectations.
AuntJuicy54 More than 1 year ago
The characters were okay, the situations were oftentimes unbelievable, and I can honestly say I was far from sad when finished. A good, no-thought required, beach read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a lively pace. The plot may be a little far fetched but Lipman is able to pull it off with her engaging writing style. This book is not intellectual, just a fun read.
DonAlex More than 1 year ago
This book is a delight to read.  When you are tired of plowing through heavy tomes, try these 250 pages of charm.  
Donna-Read More than 1 year ago
I gave it 4 stars because it was a fast, fun read and as someone else said a break from the more serious reads. It might also help that I know NYC from frequent visits so I could identify with the areas mentioned and lifestyle. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice character development; very witty and fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun reading