Lovable. If Elinor Lipman’s new novel, The Family Man, were a movie, you’d come out of the theater at the end with a smile on your face, and sated from an extra large tub of popcorn. Protagonist Henry Archer is a recently retired gay attorney living alone in a prime Manhattan townhouse. After Henry consoles his divorced wife Denise following the death of the man she left Henry to marry, he reconnects with his stepdaughter Thalia who has been out of his life for many years. The comedic exploits of these characters and a broad supporting cast made me care about them and what happened in their lives. That’s perfect summer reading if you’re looking to read a light-hearted novel. While life in Manhattan doesn’t match the experience of an average American, the characters in The Family Man are recognizable in every community, the plot is playful, and most readers will find pleasure from reading this novel.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)