The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce the selection for the 2020 Raynham Reads – Good Riddance, by Elinor Lipman.
Daphne Maritch doesn’t quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of ’68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds.
In a fit of decluttering, she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it’s found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook’s mysteries take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.
Elinor Lipman is the author of numerous novels, including On Turpentine Lane, The View from Penthouse B, The Inn at Lake Devine, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, and Then She Found Me (a 2008 major motion picture written, directed and starring Helen Hunt); a collection of stories, Into Love and Out Again; an essay collection, I Can’t Complain: (All Too) Personal Essays; and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. She has been called “the diva of dialogue” (People) and “the last urbane romantic” (Chicago Tribune). Book Magazine said of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, “like Jane Austen, the past master of the genre, Lipman isn’t only out for laughs. She serves up social satire, too, that’s all the more trenchant for being deftly drawn.”
Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts to a Jewish family, Lipman began a writing career as a college intern with the Lowell Sun, and wrote press releases for WGBH throughout the 1970s. She began writing fiction in 1979, and her first short story, “Catering,” was published in Yankee Magazine. Lipman’s first book, Into Love and Out Again, a collection of short stories, was published by Viking in 1987. She published her first novel, Then She Found Me, in 1990. Lipman graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism. She lives in western Massachusetts and Manhattan.
Monday, February 10
Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 pm
Elinor Lipman speaks at the Veteran’s Hall.
Raynham Reads 2020 is sponsored by the Friends of Raynham Public Library, the Raynham Cultural Council and the Raynham Public Library.