Elinor Lipman comes to the blog today with a story of memories and moving forward in
Daphne left small town New Hampshire for the bustle and opportunity of New York City, and in her attempts to declutter her life and make a new start full of NONE of the mistakes of her past, her mother’s yearbook from her first year of teaching isn’t one of the things that hit the Keep pile. A favorite teacher of many, had treasured this yearbook and left little notes about students, successes and failures all through it. Surprisingly, she also left the yearbook to the daughter who had the least interest in it, in fact, Daphne has ZERO idea why it was important to her mother, or that it would become an important element in her growth and learning to be an adult. Tossing it out in the garbage, her neighbor, who also turns out to be a budding documentarian retrieves it – and begins to question everything and everyone about it.
But, things quickly deteriorate as Daphne, fresh from her ‘declutter phase’ is confronted by the budding documentarian Geneva, a woman with no boundaries or social niceties, and a childish unwillingness to return the yearbook to Daphne- ‘finders keepers’ was the phrase invoked. Oh these two were completely off the rails – funny and angsty, sharp tongued and insatiably curious, the story moves from laugh out loud moments in an almost ‘call and response’ manner to some truly thorny questions that have Daphne wondering far more about her mother and the yearbook than she ever thought possible.
Clever characterization and development, dialogue that is witty and often pointed, and plenty of moments that bring choices past and present into the forefront, this is a story that is lighthearted at first, revealing it’s deeper and more relevant pieces as it moves along, showing growth and discovery in equal measure on the way to the end.
Title: Good Riddance
Author: Elinor Lipman
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Comedy, Family Saga
Published by: Houghton Miffllin/Harcourt
Published on: 5 February, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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The delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, in which one woman’s trash becomes another woman’s treasure, with deliriously entertaining results.
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. Too 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 (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), 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—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd.