Reviewed by Poppy J.
Elinor Lipman’s The Family Man is a great book for read any time, equally a beach book and one to enjoy during a quiet weekend at home. The story centers on Henry Archer, the not so recent divorcee, who finds out that his daughter, Thalia, is amenable to renewing a father-daughter relationship with him after all. The Family Man is interesting because of the other characters that come into the lives of the main characters. It is compelling because of the writing and nuances of emotions described between everyone involved in the story.
Tahlia is a burgeoning actress who hasn’t found her niche in the industry. She also hasn’t “found herself” and this is made clear by the choices she makes along the way. The reader will feel that Henry tries his best to lead and guide Tahlia, but understands that his influence on her will be shared with that of her mother, Denise. Tahlia and Denise are estranged, and throughout the book, Henry works to at once hide, then display the fact that he has reconciled with Denise. In the end, Tahlia will need both of her parents to make the best decisions for the events that will shape the rest of her life.
The characters in The Family Man are real as real can be. For anyone who has ever lived in NYC, you will realize you know actual people who are just like these characters, and the similarities to real life experiences are uncanny. This book is funny in all the right places. It offers an introspective look into the lives of people interested in doing what is right, but are not too sure on how to get there. A great read for audiences of any age.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
This book was provided free of any obligation by Mariner Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.