Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The View from Penthouse B - Worth the Read
The View from Penthouse B, by Elinor Lipman, is a good quick read. Gwen is suddenly widowed and very much alone. Her older sister, Margot, is divorced from her husband, infertility physician and “victim” of a sex scandal. Margot also falls prey to the Bernie Madoff scam and loses most of her money. Hence, she is stuck in a beautiful penthouse she cannot afford. Solution – Gwen moves in and they share expenses. But the sharing of expenses is not adequate, so they add a boarder to the mix. Anthony is a young gay man who is a breath of sunshine and helps with a different perspective on the women’s troubles. After a trial Margot’s ex heads off to prison, but is released early and suddenly arrives at Margot’s doorstep. This is where the fun really begins. And we can’t forget Anthony’s sister who shows up after leaving her job as a nanny. I’ll let you read the book to learn about this part of the adventure. This story is full of humor and a very quick read. It’s well written but won’t become a modern-day classic. However, it’s definitely worth taking some time out of a rainy afternoon and to try The View from Penthouse B. Enjoy!