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On Turpentine Lane af Elinor Lipman
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On Turpentine Lane (udgave 2017)

af Elinor Lipman

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"An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It's a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiance is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state. And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he's Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence. Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous. "--… (mere)
Medlem:AnnaMlibrary
Titel:On Turpentine Lane
Forfattere:Elinor Lipman
Info:Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Samlinger:Læst, men ikke ejet
Vurdering:***
Nøgleord:romance, humorous, murder, short chapters

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On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

2017

This is a fantastic "beach read." It was a nice break from the "heavy" psychological thrillers I've been reading! This book is a light and funny romantic comedy with a little mystery. The plot is somewhat outrageous but achieving its goal to entertain the reader.

When Faith Frankle buys a house in her old neighborhood, she never imagined the mystery she would uncover. She wonders if anything in her life could go smoothly. She has a fiancé who went to find himself backpacking across the country and detailing his travels online. Then, she has a rather tame job at her alma mater writing thank you notes to generous alumni. Her quirky family offer comedic relief while the mystery On Turpentine Lane unravels.

This is the book for you if you are looking for a light humorous summer read. ( )
  marquis784 | Sep 28, 2020 |

"On Turpentine Lane" sat on my TBR pile for eighteen months. I bought it in a fit of enthusiasm after reading "Isabel's Bed". I've looked at it a few times since then and gone, "I want to read that but not today." I finally picked up because it qualified as my book for a reading challenge,

It wasn't the kind of book I'd expected. It was a light, mildly amusing comedy of manners kind of book but I found myself struggling with it because I found it hard to empathise with a privileged white middle-class, university educated woman in her thirties who was so hapless.

Her haplessness was fundamental to the humour of the book so letting it irritate me was self-defeating. Her haplessness is quite plausible. She's conflict-averse, trusting, committed to her job and looking for a quiet life. I'd probably like her if I met her. Yet I find myself irritated by her inability to use the advantage she has, which says more about me than about Elinor Lipman's writing.

About a third of the way through the book, the lights went on - flashing LED lights - spelling out IT'S A ROMANCE, DUMMY.

That explains why the heroine is intelligent, well-educated, slightly bland and completely hapless - so she can come into her own by getting together with the right guy.

Suddenly, it was all clear.

The contract with the reader is that the woman should be nice, maybe too nice for her own good when it comes to dealing with her self-absorbed, hippy-boy-man-at-41 boyfriend, so that the reader can root for her and hope she'll smell the coffee and find someone worthy of her.

I got distracted by the bullying sexism or her employer, the apparently dark history of the house she's recently bought and my underlying lack of empathy for a woman so used to be being loved and protected by her family that she lacks basic survival skills.

I felt like someone reading the start of a werewolf novel and wondering why the characters, who seem prone to physical aggression when resolving status-related conflicts, are stressing about how close the next full moon is.

Once I settled back and let the romance roll with the appropriate level of readerly collusion. with what the author is doing, I started to enjoy myself more.

"On Turpentine Lane" is an odd mix of ingredients that never quite come together convincingly. Crises are triggered around apparent financial improprieties at work, mysterious deaths in the heroines house and a mid-life crisis separation between her parents. These crises stand side by side like plates spinning on poles rather than building to anything. There is no character development to speak of but there is a slow, sometimes enjoyable slide towards happy-ever-afterdom.

I never did get to feel any empathy for the heroine but my reflex-animosity for her lessened as I understood her family dynamic.

"On Turpentine Lane" was well-executed entertainment that I'm now certain I'm not the target demographic for.
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  MikeFinnFiction | Jul 4, 2020 |
I believe this book was recommended to me by Amazon.

I didn't actually know a lot about it before reading it and that worked well.

This is a story of perseverance, and fate. There's a love story, but it's entwined in a bit of a mystery. ( )
  BoundTogetherForGood | Apr 2, 2020 |
Memo to self: Do not take book recommendations from People magazine. Totally ridiculous ( )
  etxgardener | Dec 2, 2019 |
Cute book about Faith Frankel, who works in the endowment office at a private school in Massachusetts. Her love life with Stuart has hit a bump, but isn't the only upheaval in her life. She buys a house, and then discovers it has secrets! Nick, her office mate, also has a relationship end, her parents' marriage is at a crossroads, and her brother, Joel, is trying to find a new love. Cute romantic comedy. ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
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"An endearing romantic comedy from the beloved best-selling author of The Family Man and The View from Penthouse B At thirty-two, Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It's a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiance is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state. And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he's Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence. Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous. "--

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