The Inn at Lake Devine

The Inn at Lake Devine

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The questions, discussion topics, and suggested reading list that follow are designed to enhance your reading of Elinor Lipman's The Inn at Lake Devine . We hope that they will suggest a variety of ways to talk about this delicious new romantic comedy by the author of Isabel's Bed .
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.

Baker & Taylor
When her mother receives a notice about a Vermont inn that caters especially to non-Jewish guests, Natalie Marx becomes obsessed with the once-restricted, family-owned resort and wangles an invitation to join a friend on a vacation there. Reprint. 60,000 first printing. Tour.

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When her mother receives a notice about a Vermont inn that caters especially to non-Jewish guests, Natalie Marx becomes obsessed with the once-restricted, family-owned resort and wangles an invitation to join a friend on a vacation there

Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, 1999, c1998
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375704857
037570485X
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIPMAN
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Lake Devine

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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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