The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

The View from Penthouse B

By Elinor Lipman

  • Release Date: 2014-04-08
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 66 Ratings
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Two sisters recover from widowhood, divorce, and Bernie Madoff as unexpected roommates in a Manhattan apartment

Unexpectedly widowed Gwen-Laura Schmidt is still mourning her husband, Edwin, when her older sister Margot invites her to join forces as roommates in Margot’s luxurious Village apartment. For Margot, divorced amid scandal (hint: her husband was a fertility doctor) and then made Ponzi-poor, it’s a chance to shake Gwen out of her grief and help make ends meet. To further this effort she enlists a third boarder, the handsome, cupcake-baking Anthony.

As the three swap money-making schemes and timid Gwen ventures back out into the dating world, the arrival of Margot’s paroled ex in the efficiency apartment downstairs creates not just complications but the chance for all sorts of unexpected forgiveness. A sister story about love, loneliness, and new life in middle age, this is a cracklingly witty, deeply sweet novel from one of our finest comic writers.

“Her worldview? Her enthusiasm, her effortless wit? Just a few of the reasons we love Elinor Lipman.”–Boston Globe


  • Worth reading

    By Rajafarm
    Started out slow, but really enjoyed the ending. The characters were an interesting bunch like i had never met before
  • I like this one a lot

    By Dschneid
    Although The Inn At Lake Devine will always remain my favorite Elinor Lipman this was a good read full of the turns of phrase and distinctive humor that characterize Lipman's prose. The gentle poking fun at people's foibles is there as well. Keep writing please!!!!