The Inn at Lake Devine Author:Elinor Lipman It was not complicated, and, as my mother pointed out, not even personal: They had a hotel; they didn't want Jews; we were Jews... — It's the early 1960s and Natalie Marx is stunned when her mother inquires about vacation accommodations in Vermont and receives a response that says, "The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned reso... more »rt, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles."
So begins Natalie's fixation with the Inn and the family who owns it. And when Natalie finagles an invitation to join a friend on vacation there, she sets herself upon a path that will inextricably link her adult life into this peculiar family and their once-restricted hotel.
The Inn at Lake Devine will enchant readers with the beguiling voice, elegant charm, and deft storytelling that have been hallmarks of Elinor Lipman's previous novels and have made her beloved by her fans. Her characters sparkle on the page and delight us with their wit and grace--even when anti-Semitism rears its head in Vermont and the tables are turned in the Catskills. Elinor Lipman is the undisputed master of the art of screwball comedy.« less
I don't usually have time to sit down and read a book cover to cover, but I found myself wanting to do just that with this book. It's a light-hearted, not-corny romance, and the characters are likable. It was also a welcome respite from some of the heavier books I've been reading.