by Elinor Lipman
I don't think that I could love this novel any more than I do right now. It is just that wonderful!
Penthouse B houses two sisters in Greenwich Village, both down on their luck. Margot is the older sister, a victim of both Bernie Madoff (Ponzi scheme) and a cheating husband (who is now in prison for other shenanigans). Gwen-Laura is the middle sister. Two years after her husband's death, she is still a grieving widow.
At their sister Betsy's suggestion, Gwen-Laura moves in with Margot, and the fun begins. While Margot adjusts to her new financial circumstances, Gwen-Laura attempts to move forward with her love life. As in all Lipman novels, hilarity ensues.
Words cannot express how much I love this novel. The setting is perfect, the characters are charming, the dialogue sparkles, and the plot amuses and satisfies. I love the relationship between the sisters, and I really appreciate and admire the way Lipman paints a portrait of Gwen-Laura's marriage. The scene in which she meets her husband, Edwin, is absolutely priceless.
I highly recommend this novel. It may be my absolute favorite novel by Elinor Lipman.