The Dearly Departed Author:Elinor Lipman With her trademark humor and warmth, the beloved author of The Ladies' Man and The Inn at Lake Devine explores going home again; about finding light in the dark corners of one's inhospitable past; about love, golf, and DNA. — Everyone in King George, New Hampshire, loved Margaret Batten, part-time amateur actress, full-time wallflower, and single... more » mother to a now-distant daughter, Sunny. But accidents happen. The death of Margaret, side by side with her putative fianc?, brings Sunny back to the scene of the unhappy adolescence she thought she?d left behind. Reentry is to be dreaded; there?s no hiding in a town with one diner, one doctor, one stop sign, one motel. Yet allies surface; even high school tormentors have grown up in unforeseen and gratifying ways. Just possibly, Sunny begins to think, she wasn?t as beleaguered as she felt she was. And maybe her mother?s life was richer than anyone suspected. Add to the mix a chief of police whose interest in Sunny exceeds his civic duty, and you have the makings of an irresistibly beguiling tale from an author who writes with all the wit and wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen.« less
This book is hard to describe. Funny, heartbreaking, and a little weird. But the characters are great, and you didn't want the book to end because there was so much more that could happen. Definately recommend!
I enjoyed the book. Sunny Batten's mother dies and she returns to the small NH town where she grew up. She was always a loner, living in a house rented from the town for a pittance; her mother was a single parent; Sunny was the sole female golfer on the school's team and was picked on. She realizes that maybe her childhood wasn't as bad as she remembers. And she finds a huge surprise at her mother's funeral.