Good Riddance

Good Riddance

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"Effortlessly charming . . . The book inspires a very specific kind of modern joy."—New York Times Book Review The delightful new romantic comedy from Elinor Lipman, in which one woman's trash becomes another woman's treasure, with deliriously entertaining results. Daphne Maritch doesn't quite know what to make of the heavily annotated high school yearbook she inherits from her mother, who held this relic dear. Too dear. The late June Winter Maritch was the teacher to whom the class of '68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went on to attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably—and noting who overstepped boundaries of many kinds. In a fit of decluttering (the yearbook did not, Daphne concluded, "spark joy"), she discards it when she moves to a small New York City apartment. But when it's found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbor/documentary filmmaker, the yearbook's mysteries—not to mention her own family's—take on a whole new urgency, and Daphne finds herself entangled in a series of events both poignant and absurd. Good Riddance is a pitch-perfect, whip-smart new novel from an "enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist" (Washington Post).
Publisher: 2019
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4407 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
ISBN: 9780544808287

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hilln
Sep 28, 2019

Such an annoying book! First off, the main character is a whiny millennial. I should have stopped reading right there. But no, silly me, I carried on to the end. The whiner throws into a dumpster an old annotated high school yearbook that belonged to her mother. A neighbour in her building dumpster-dives, finds it and decides to make a podcast about her mysterious find. The whiner decides that it's her book EVEN THOUGH SHE THREW IT AWAY and eventually steals it back. Oh! and the whiner lives across the hall from a super nice and dishy actor who falls in love with her even though she is rude and acts stupid around him. Somehow the whiner gets rewarded for being immature, selfish, rude and, yes, whiny. Ugh! Skip this book.

JessicaGma Sep 03, 2019

I did not finish this book as it was more about things happening around the main character rather than her DOING anything. Ugh. Also, Riverdale is shot in Vancouver so unless there's a later reveal about the one dude being a liar, there's no flipping way he's be an extra in NYC. Don't waste your time here, and like the title says, bid good riddance to this one.

ArapahoeMarcia Aug 14, 2019

An entertaining romantic comedy full of zany characters and plot twists.

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locks_and_frocks
Apr 17, 2019

Honestly, I was disappointed. It seems unfinished and rough. The premise is intriguing, but I felt like it was more about some whiny 30-something's daily boring life than about the actual drama that happened years ago with her mother. I felt that her mother was the most interesting person in the book, yet we don't actually get to know her or her former students. The main character's romance seems more like a relationship of convenience than anything special. I wouldn't bother a second time.

multcolib_karene Feb 21, 2019

A charming romantic novel. It was a lovely break from the world.

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laphampeak
Feb 14, 2019

Cute, light story about a daughter's inheritance of and future causing events of her mother's yearbook. Not just any yearbook - one that can reveal secrets and can cause some to put it out as a blog or other media sensation. Put together well.

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