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  1. The View from Penthouse B
    The View from Penthouse B
    The View from Penthouse B
    The View from Penthouse B
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  2. The View from Penthouse B

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    Customer Ratings (160 reviews)
    Price R142.00

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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

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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) From the first book by Elinor Lipman I read, I was hooked. It's hard to exactly explain why I like her writing so much. At a few points during this book, I was thinking "I can't give this 5 stars like I want to. It's got too many flaws. The plot is meandering, there are too many characters brought in and not fully developed, there isn't enough of a story to merit the length of the book..." and then, upon finishing, I decided that the most important part of a novel is how much you enjoy reading it, and the hours I spent reading this book were happy, content hours.

The basic story---Margot and Gwen-Laura are sisters, who find themselves both alone for very different reasons. Margot's doctor husband is in prison after a scandal, and Gwen was suddenly widowed. They move in together to save money, and take in a third roommate, the affable Anthony. Slowly, they both move to new starts, to figuring out life and romance in the 21st century. There isn't much more plot than... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) 3.5 stars
It's hard to start over anytime but it can be quite tricky in your 50's. This is what the two sisters, Margot and Gwen, must do when their lives take a major downturn. They do it with humor, love and mutual self-support. Margot divorces her husband, a doctor, after he is embroiled in a major sex scandal that sends him to prison. To add insult to injury, she loses most of hr money to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scam. Gwen's husband dies unexpectedly and she can't seem to move on.

Although Margot holds on to her penthouse apartment, the sisters are cash poor and unemployed. They take in a room-mate, Anthony, who brings youth (he's in his 20's), cupcakes and sage male advice. They get into each other's business and are cheerleaders when they all start to take baby steps to rebuilding their lives.

It's wonderful to read about women who are not obsessed with their looks, have a sense of of humor and want something more in life. It drags a little in the... Read more
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?) The one thing about picking up an Elinor Lipman novel is, you can be pretty sure what to expect from the get-go.

You know the writing will be confident, breezy, and compulsively readable. You know her characters will be good-hearted, a little on the socially awkward style, and ready for some self-growth. And you know you're going to get absorbed in the narrative and the wit, and really get emotionally invested in the eventual turnout.

So if you're an Elinor Lipman fan, this book is another reason to rejoice. The book centers on Gwen-Laura, a widow of a certain age who has been unable to move on since her husband's unexpected death two years ago. She ends up moving in with her sister Margot, is a victim twice: her husband, an infertility doctor, was sent to the Big House after the discovery that he was "doing the horizontal dance" with his patients...and she also lost most of her savings to Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme.

Add in a few other... Read more
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