Good Riddance

Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman / Jul 22, 2019

Good Riddance 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

  • Title: Good Riddance
  • Author: Elinor Lipman
  • ISBN: 0544808258
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 clas 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt More Details ISBN 0544808258 ISBN13 9780544808256 Other Editions 4 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Good Riddance, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How old is Daphne If her mother was 23 in 1968, she would have been born in 1945 Is Daphne in her late 30s or 40s She mentions her father has been holding this secret for 32 years sowas her mom already in her 40s when she had her I feel like moving the graduating class 10 years in the future 78 would have made sense if the author wanted Daphne to be in her mid to early 30s 1 likelike 12 days ago Add your answer Dana It SAYS her mother graduated HIGH SCHOOL in 1968, NOT college, so her mother was 18, born in 1950 You are confused on years I was born in 1954, and It SAYS her mother graduated HIGH SCHOOL in 1968, NOT college, so her mother was 18, born in 1950 You are confused on years I was born in 1954, and my children were born in 88, 96, and 98 so the youngest is only 20 and I am turning 65 Nor everyone has a kid at 18 or 20 or 50 Her mom would have had her in her 30 s, around age 35, which is normal My mother had me in her 30 s Daphne would be in her late 20 s less flag See 1 question about Good Riddance Lists with This Book Best Humorous Jewish Books 19 books 16 voters February 2019 Book Releases 82 books 31 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 05, 2018 Toni rated it it was amazing Update New review 12 14 18Daphne Maritch, finally free of Pickering, New Hampshire and stupid mistakes made even here in NYC, has read that book about decluttering your home and hugging your stuff to see if they bring you joy or hate or painful memories that may lead to eating a pint of ice cream with a half cup of bourbon on top This will then lead you to the trash or recycle bins in the basement of your apartment building to throw out all the meaningless stuff you ve collected, including the Update New review 12 14 18Daphne Maritch, finally free of Pickering, New Hampshire and stupid mistakes made even here in NYC, has read that book about decluttering your home and hugging your stuff to see if they bring you joy or hate or painful memories that may lead to eating a pint of ice cream with a half cup of bourbon on top This will then lead you to the trash or recycle bins in the basement of your apartment building to throw out all the meaningless stuff you ve collected, including the yearbook your mother left you in her will, God knows why, of the Class of 1968 from Pickering NHHS, her first teaching job right after college, that they dedicated to her, their yearbook advisor Worst are the notes and comments she added over the next 30 years after going to every one of the class s reunions Included within is a system of letters by each person s picture indicating Marriage, Divorce, Skinny, Fat, Bald, etc I mean, who does this Satisfied with the free, clean space in her tiny apartment, Daphne s bliss is ruined several days later by a note slipped under her door from a neighbor she hardly knows Some Geneva person, retrieved, no stole her mother s yearbook out of the recycle bin and now wants to discuss with Daphne The foundation of, Good Riddance is the sweet story above, told to the reader in snarky, funny and often snorting good laughter, as in piggy laugh dialog Geneva Wisenkorn, is the neighbor from down the hall, whose social boundaries do not exist Daphne s responses to her are priceless and the sort you want to remember for when you are in any situation with an aggressive, no nonsense person I bet one pops to mind right now The only tidbit I ll tell you now is that Geneva wants to make a documentary about the people in the yearbook, especially Daphne s mother Oh, and Geneva will not give Daphne the yearbook back employing grade school rules say it with me, Finders Keepers If I say any , I would ruin three fourths of the book for you I can t do that, really it gets better and better You ll meet Jeremy, an actor who lives across the hall from Daphne, and is sympathetic to her cause with Geneva Also, her father, Frank Maritch, now a widow, all around good guy and former HS principal at that HS in Pickering, NH He moves to NYC and starts phase two of his life as well Think of him as the Tom Hanks of this book Those are the main characters, but you ll meet a few who will play some surprising roles in our funny little story The plot is very good, all characters well developed, very well developed and I was never bored.I recommend this book for a lively, enjoyable read Thank you NetGalley, Houghton, Mifflin Harcourt, and Elinor Lipman flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 20, 2019 Lorilin rated it liked it Shelves fiction, arc Daphne Maritch is going through a rough patch She s 31 and freshly divorced after a whirlwind romance and even shorter marriage Her recently widowed father is also struggling, so, in an effort to support each other and make a fresh start, the two decide to move to New York to see what new adventures await them.While unpacking boxes, Daphne uncovers a yearbook her late mother left to her in her will It s very worn, with all kinds of, hm, colorful notes written in the margins It s no secret Daphne Maritch is going through a rough patch She s 31 and freshly divorced after a whirlwind romance and even shorter marriage Her recently widowed father is also struggling, so, in an effort to support each other and make a fresh start, the two decide to move to New York to see what new adventures await them.While unpacking boxes, Daphne uncovers a yearbook her late mother left to her in her will It s very worn, with all kinds of, hm, colorful notes written in the margins It s no secret that June Maritch was one of the most popular teachers at the high school where she taught many years back In fact, this particular yearbook was even dedicated to her But Daphne isn t the sentimental type, so she throws it away Unfortunately for her, it falls into the hands of her nosy neighbor and aspiring documentary film maker Geneva, who concludes that the yearbook is full of untapped drama and decides to further investigate June and her relationships with her former students Drama, predictably, ensues.This book has such an interesting premise, and I was so looking forward to reading it Unfortunately, between the wholly unsympathetic characters and unbelievable plot twists, I had a hard time connecting with it I wanted to be on Daphne s side, but man oh man, the girl sure can whine Even over the smallest grievances, she works herself up into an adolescent tizzy She s moody, quick tempered, and lazy, and I just couldn t get past her unfailing ability to demonstrate a complete lack of common sense in nearly every quasi problematic situation Her steamy, dreamy, younger neighbor, Jeremy, admittedly does provide a refreshing foil to her predictably dramatic outbursts I enjoyed reading the back and forth between the two of them I only wish Jeremy had a stronger presence in the story.There are, however, two bright and shining characters who I absolutely loved Daphne s father and her now deceased mother Her father is grounded, sweet, and relatable And her mother Wow, I wish the whole book had been about her I wanted to know of her story, even up until the end She comes across as smart, mysterious, beguiling I wish I could have peeled back the layers of her life fully.Despite my grievances with Good Riddance, I still zipped through it in no time It s a light and fluffy story, and even though it didn t deliver as well as it could have, I never considered not finishing it This is one of those books you pick up at the airport, read for a few hours on the plane, and never think about again It s not a life changing book, but it s enjoyable in its way.See of my reviews at bugbugbooks Big thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 18, 2019 Sarah rated it liked it Shelves netgalley, 2019, chick lit, published in 2019, popsugar 2019 reading challenge 3.5 stars Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick lit, and an enjoyable light read The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother s yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly 50 years When Daphne s neighbor takes possession of the yearbook and decides she wants to make a documentary about it, all sorts of hijinks ensue.This book was fun I enjoyed the wry style and there were laugh out loud funny moments, but 3.5 stars Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick lit, and an enjoyable light read The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother s yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly 50 years When Daphne s neighbor takes possession of the yearbook and decides she wants to make a documentary about it, all sorts of hijinks ensue.This book was fun I enjoyed the wry style and there were laugh out loud funny moments, but there were also directions the plot took that I didn t like, and things Daphne did that annoyed me I would definitely recommend it to readers who like quirky romantic comedies, although I don t think it s the very best of the bunch I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Used for PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge prompt A book with a two word title flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Hannah Grace BookNerdNative rated it it was ok Shelves tbr fiction Thank you HMH Books for sending me a copy of GOOD RIDDANCE in exchange for an honest review This one was light and sweet, but not for me I couldn t get along with the main protagonist, or figure out who she was or what she wanted relateable though haha Little plot progression, and a romance that felt forced I really enjoyed the relationship between the father and daughter, however, bumping up my rating a bit I think you ll like this one if you re a fan of Lipman s other work, unlikable f Thank you HMH Books for sending me a copy of GOOD RIDDANCE in exchange for an honest review This one was light and sweet, but not for me I couldn t get along with the main protagonist, or figure out who she was or what she wanted relateable though haha Little plot progression, and a romance that felt forced I really enjoyed the relationship between the father and daughter, however, bumping up my rating a bit I think you ll like this one if you re a fan of Lipman s other work, unlikable female leads, and if you can take or leave the romance.Out FEB 5 flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 15, 2018 Laura rated it liked it I m so torn here On the one hand, I love the concept It s unique, it s interesting, and the book is well written.On the other handit s really hard to care about Daphne She threw the yearbook away when it was the one thing she got from her dead mother, and she did it barely a year after Mom passed That s pretty cold I d have liked the book infinitely better if the yearbook were lost due to carelessness or thrown out by a friend by mistake or something I hated that Daphne threw it away I m so torn here On the one hand, I love the concept It s unique, it s interesting, and the book is well written.On the other handit s really hard to care about Daphne She threw the yearbook away when it was the one thing she got from her dead mother, and she did it barely a year after Mom passed That s pretty cold I d have liked the book infinitely better if the yearbook were lost due to carelessness or thrown out by a friend by mistake or something I hated that Daphne threw it away partly because she completely loses the moral high ground by doing that Most of her tension with Geneva comes from wanting the yearbook back, but she really didn t have any right to it view spoiler The fact that she destroyed the yearbook at the end UGH No matter what Geneva did, Daphne s mom deserved better I also kind of hated that, after all her fighting with Geneva over making a documentary or podcast, she creates her own one woman show Especially when the acting classes were Jeremy s idea He basically manipulated her And I loathe that she lied to Peter at the end almost as much as I loathe the fact that he apparently believed her with no proof at all hide spoiler I liked the subplots with Jeremy mostly and Daphne s dad Dad is probably the best character, especially at the end The book was an enjoyable read I just spent too much of it annoyed with Daphne, so I m not sure I really could recommend it I started out thinking 3 stars, but the I type all the things I didn t like, the I wonder if it should be 2 I wish I could give 2.5 stars Review based on ARC from Netgalley flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 27, 2018 Natalie rated it it was amazing In 1991 I picked up a book by an author I had never read before, Elinor Lipman, it was THEN SHE FOUND ME, and I have been her most devoted fan ever since GOOD RIDDANCE is right up there with my favorite Lipman books It does harken back to the parental confusion and loyalty issues that occurred in her first novel Again, she creates a delightful, ditzy, totally sympathetic heroine in Daphne Matrich I quite literally could not put down the book I cared about Daphne and her family Lipman skill In 1991 I picked up a book by an author I had never read before, Elinor Lipman, it was THEN SHE FOUND ME, and I have been her most devoted fan ever since GOOD RIDDANCE is right up there with my favorite Lipman books It does harken back to the parental confusion and loyalty issues that occurred in her first novel Again, she creates a delightful, ditzy, totally sympathetic heroine in Daphne Matrich I quite literally could not put down the book I cared about Daphne and her family Lipman skillfully creates a whacky romance after a whackier marriage for Daphne Then she stirs in a villain, only one who is not very villainous I laughed out loud at some of the funny moments The plot is totally original and the characters are so perfectly drawn that I could count all of as potential friends Without a doubt, Lipman is our Jane Austen and this is another delightful novel about modern s For full disclosure, I have written her fan letters, and despite a lack of agreement with critics, I even loved the film made of THEN SHE FOUND ME Don t miss this novel, enjoy flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 28, 2018 Sherry rated it really liked it When Daphne s mother died, she left Daphne her yearbook Her mom was the cool, hot teacher and yearbook advisor whom all the boys adored In fact, the yearbook was dedicated to her She never missed a reunion and made sure everyone signed her yearbook She then made notes in the pictures Her take on the person, some nice some not and some codes Daphne couldn t decipher.Daphne throws away the yearbook and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a docum When Daphne s mother died, she left Daphne her yearbook Her mom was the cool, hot teacher and yearbook advisor whom all the boys adored In fact, the yearbook was dedicated to her She never missed a reunion and made sure everyone signed her yearbook She then made notes in the pictures Her take on the person, some nice some not and some codes Daphne couldn t decipher.Daphne throws away the yearbook and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a documentary about it What follows is years of secrets that change Daphne and her father s life A fun book that at times will have you laughing out loud flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Jill rated it liked it I typically love Elinor Lipman witty and satisfying feel good books, which are very often romantic and literary social comedies, focusing largely on quirky heroines who navigate a confusing world.But this one is just too contrived The basics of the plot without spoilers Daphne Maritch inherits her deceased mom s yearbook, which is filled with notes about the 1968 class After she decides to toss it out, it falls into the hands of a nosy, trash diving neighbor Geneva who is determined to re I typically love Elinor Lipman witty and satisfying feel good books, which are very often romantic and literary social comedies, focusing largely on quirky heroines who navigate a confusing world.But this one is just too contrived The basics of the plot without spoilers Daphne Maritch inherits her deceased mom s yearbook, which is filled with notes about the 1968 class After she decides to toss it out, it falls into the hands of a nosy, trash diving neighbor Geneva who is determined to research the class, reveal Daphne s mother s juicy secrets, and turn it into a docu drama film project In the meantime, Daphne tries to protect her widowed father, a recent New York transplant, from the fall out, and navigate a friends with benefits relationship with the handsome and young TV actor who lives across the hall.Among the problems I had was the character of Geneva, who I often wanted to slap Although Ms Lipman often pairs repressed and loveable heroines with flamboyant others , Geneva s nosiness and lack of empathy made her someone that most people would stay a mile away from Daphne, on the other hand, embraces her and even when she realizes her trust is misplaced, she still flies around her like a moth to a frame for example, accompanying her to the 1968 class reunion, which can t end well There are some preposterous turns of events, particularly as the book winds down Elinor Lipman s fluid and entertaining style kept me reading on this author knows how to build and keep suspense It s fun to read but just doesn t compare to some of this author s other books flag 2 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 26, 2019 Reading Mama rated it really liked it The expert recommended this Hold the item in question, be it book or sweater or socks or muffin tin, to your chest, over your heart, and ask yourself, Does this thing inspire joy The best selling decluttering wizard said the property owner had to be tough, even ruthless I certainly was that Good Riddance begins with Daphne, a new divorc e, throwing out her mother s yearbook The yearbook has tons of notes about the students in it Daphne s busybody neighbor, Geneva, believes that one m The expert recommended this Hold the item in question, be it book or sweater or socks or muffin tin, to your chest, over your heart, and ask yourself, Does this thing inspire joy The best selling decluttering wizard said the property owner had to be tough, even ruthless I certainly was that Good Riddance begins with Daphne, a new divorc e, throwing out her mother s yearbook The yearbook has tons of notes about the students in it Daphne s busybody neighbor, Geneva, believes that one man s trash is another man s treasure, so when she sees the yearbook in the trash, she picks it up Geneva believes that she can turn the contents of the yearbook into an interesting documentary and podcast What ensues is a series of events, both poignant and absurd This book was a delightful surprise It was definitely one of those palate cleansers novels There were times where I found myself laughing out loud Daphne s character was sarcastic and cynical, yet honest and charming Her neighbor was completely ridiculous, and I loved the play on the stereotypical busybody neighbor The cast of characters reminded me of those in a Fredrik Backman novel They were real, flawed, quirky, and yet endearing all the same I also loved the incorporation of family drama, specifically that involving the deceased mother, who was, on the surface, a beloved teacher and yearbook advisor I kept wanting to see how Daphne s journey unfolded, and I found myself picking this book up every spare chance I got This book comes out on February 5 If you love character driven novels or charming stories with endearing characters, this just might be the book for you 4 5 flag 2 likesLike see review Kara Rotella Reads This is on my Netgalley shelf and I can t wait to read it Jan 28, 2019 07 45PM Jan 12, 2019 Michelle rated it liked it Shelves 2019 This book was full of all the things I have come to expect from an Elinor Lipman quirky characters, humor, some romance, a New England setting though only partially in this story , and a wonky plot line that drives the story forward I enjoyed getting to know the characters and found the relationship between Daphne and her father Tom to be really endearing I also was 100% invested in the romantic relationship between Daphne and Jeremy from the start The story moved along quickly and I found This book was full of all the things I have come to expect from an Elinor Lipman quirky characters, humor, some romance, a New England setting though only partially in this story , and a wonky plot line that drives the story forward I enjoyed getting to know the characters and found the relationship between Daphne and her father Tom to be really endearing I also was 100% invested in the romantic relationship between Daphne and Jeremy from the start The story moved along quickly and I found myself chuckling at the shenanigans that Daphne found herself in The things that bumped this book down a few stars were that I struggled with seeing who Daphne was as a character for a while Once I understood that her character was supposed to be kind of unlikable I was able to understand the story It also felt a little disjointed between Geneva s story with the yearbook and the ending Overall, I enjoyed this one I think it d make an excellent vacation read or a read for when you are in the mood for something entertaining flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves chick lit, family This is my first experience with this author, and I have to say that for the most part, I really enjoyed it It s a genuinely fascinating premise for what is mostly a love story though it could be argued to be of a family drama involving a yearbook that approaches its class 50th reunion It s a light hearted and fun read and one that definitely made me laugh out loud a few times And I think that there is a real cinematic flair here Rom Com books aren t typically a go to genre for me, This is my first experience with this author, and I have to say that for the most part, I really enjoyed it It s a genuinely fascinating premise for what is mostly a love story though it could be argued to be of a family drama involving a yearbook that approaches its class 50th reunion It s a light hearted and fun read and one that definitely made me laugh out loud a few times And I think that there is a real cinematic flair here Rom Com books aren t typically a go to genre for me, but this one is a genuinely good book that makes me hopeful for the genre overall This is great escapism and certainly celebrates New York City well while still striking a realistic chord There are plenty of modern and relevant details here to further ground what is an otherwise slightly unbelievable story in reality with the details of plays, movies, musicals and TV Shows It s a fun book and it makes me curious to check out from this author.My only real complaint is that I didn t find the main character, Daphne, to be quite as charming as the other characters in the book seemed to find her but I definitely adored Tom and the whole dog walking angle added to the overall fun It brightened my otherwise grim day and that says a lot flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Jessica rated it liked it 3 and a half starsThanks to Netgalley for the advanced review copy of Good Riddance This book is fun, quirky, and well written The story is very unique and fresh However, some of the characters and relationships seemed a little one dimensional and not fully explored to their potential I liked the relationship between Daphne and her father, but I felt like I wanted with regards to her love interest and sister I d recommend this book to fans of Elinor Lipman or someone looking for a light 3 and a half starsThanks to Netgalley for the advanced review copy of Good Riddance This book is fun, quirky, and well written The story is very unique and fresh However, some of the characters and relationships seemed a little one dimensional and not fully explored to their potential I liked the relationship between Daphne and her father, but I felt like I wanted with regards to her love interest and sister I d recommend this book to fans of Elinor Lipman or someone looking for a lighter read This would be a great beach read flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Lorri Steinbacher rated it really liked it Read in prepub Due out Feb 2019 The annotated yearbook is such an interesting thing to hang a plot on, and Lipman populates the plot with likable characters that you can t help but root for and with villains so ridiculous that you can t help but laugh at them Perfectly paced, engagingly written and fun Lipman does it again flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Melissa Hinnen rated it really liked it Shelves net galley What a fun book I m not sure I ve ever read a comedic novel and I really enjoyed this The dialogue was witty, there were heartwarming moments and while the story was a bit contrived it wasn t ridiculous The tone was just right, the characters were eclectic, and the book was peppered with relevant references to our current period of time First but certainly not last time I will be reading Lipman s work flag 1 likeLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 20, 2018 Anya rated it liked it This was a funny, light and entertaining read I loved the whole premise surrounding the year book and the reunion Lots of quirky characters Thank you Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with an egalley flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Tess rated it it was amazing I lovvvvved this book So not what I expected I laughed out loud, couldn t stop turning pages, and found the whole thing an unexpected delight It was a sweet, different, and a joy to read novel from one of my new favorite authors flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 03, 2018 Ellen rated it it was amazing The author has done it again, with humor and heart, as Daphne s story will have you laughing out loud After Daphne s mom dies and leaves her the yearbook that honored her Mom with her first teaching class in 1968, Daphne decides to de clutter and dump it The yearbook is salvaged from the dumpster by her neighbor who decides to turn it into a documentary, causing all kinds of havoc A perfect vacation read, I really enjoyed it flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 04, 2019 BOOKLOVER10 rated it liked it Elinor Lipman is renowned for her amusing and literate works of fiction, in which quirky characters interact in unexpected ways Thirty two year old Daphne Maritch endured a disastrous albeit mercifully short marriage Her advice Never marry a man who proposes too early After Daphne s mother a former English teacher passes away, she leaves Daphne an unexpected bequest a painstakingly annotated high school yearbook in which June Maritch wrote copious and often snarky comments about her Elinor Lipman is renowned for her amusing and literate works of fiction, in which quirky characters interact in unexpected ways Thirty two year old Daphne Maritch endured a disastrous albeit mercifully short marriage Her advice Never marry a man who proposes too early After Daphne s mother a former English teacher passes away, she leaves Daphne an unexpected bequest a painstakingly annotated high school yearbook in which June Maritch wrote copious and often snarky comments about her students In the mood to declutter, Daphne puts the yearbook out with the trash, not expecting that her nosy neighbor, Geneva Wisenkorn, a boundary challenged chatterbox, would pluck it out of the recycling bin Ms Wisenkorn concocts a harebrained scheme to use the yearbook as inspiration for a documentary film she plans to make Good Riddance is an occasionally diverting novel about the bond between parents and children the challenge of finding a loyal and loving romantic partner and the complications that can ensue when explosive secrets suddenly come to light There is a great deal that Daphne never knew about her mother, and what she learns unnerves her In addition, not only must Daphne deal with the persistent and obnoxious Geneva, but our heroine finds herself in an ambiguous relationship with Jeremy Wynn, a twenty five year old actor who lives across the hall from her Fortunately, Daphne s father, Thomas, decides to move from their hometown in New Hampshire to New York City He provides comfort and advice to Daphne, who lives on a tight budget in a cramped Manhattan apartment, and is studying online to be a chocolatier The author focuses on her characters off the wall shenanigans, the dialogue is witty, and the situations are mostly absurd Lipman satirizes the s of New Yorkers, particularly in some funny sequences about affluent clients who pay dog walkers to care for their precious pooches Although she is a basically good hearted person, the daffy Daphne lacks a clear sense of who she is and what she would like to do with her life The talented Lipman does not fully succeed in balancing her story s lighter elements with its serious themes Daphne s behavior is exasperating, Lipman s plot is slapdash, and the proceedings culminate in a sweet but unremarkable conclusion Readers will get a few chuckles from the book s sarcastic narration, but it is unlikely that even diehard fans will give this novel much thought after they turn the final page flag Like see review Jan 23, 2019 Homerun2 rated it really liked it Shelves first reads Elinor Lipman is a delight When you pick up one of her novels, you can expect humor, honesty, family disarray and an extra dose of quirkiness.Good Riddance begins with a discarded yearbook Daphne Maritch has been willed her late mother s memento keepsake volume, given to her mom when she was the advisor to the yearbook staff for the class of 68 Her mother attended all that class s reunions over the years, taking notes and often making snarky comments by the graduation pictures.But Daphne, in Elinor Lipman is a delight When you pick up one of her novels, you can expect humor, honesty, family disarray and an extra dose of quirkiness.Good Riddance begins with a discarded yearbook Daphne Maritch has been willed her late mother s memento keepsake volume, given to her mom when she was the advisor to the yearbook staff for the class of 68 Her mother attended all that class s reunions over the years, taking notes and often making snarky comments by the graduation pictures.But Daphne, in a fit of uncluttering, tosses the book into the recycle where it is reclaimed by a screwball indy filmmaker with one work to her credit Geneva has big plans to do a documentary on the yearbook and Daphne s mother and the class members The Daphne hears, the uncomfortable she becomes Somehow Geneva persuades Daphne not only to attend the next class reunion, but also to allow her to come along Screwball comedy at its finest The reunion adds a whole other complexity to the situation Daphne receives a note from one of the former students and the contents shift her family history as she knows it and give her a totally different view of her mother.Additional wacky factors Daphne gets involved in a friends with benefit situation with a neighbor, and Daphne s father decides to move to New York City to start a new life and be closer to Daphne.It s difficult to describe the appeal of these novels but they are endearing, sometimes poignant, sometimes laugh out loud funny, and thoroughly entertaining.Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review flag Like see review Jan 01, 2019 Kathleen rated it liked it Because I have an advanced reading copy of Elinor Lipman s latest novel, I have to write in a quiet voice the novel hasn t been published yet.Fans of Elinor Lipman expect a unique cast of characters flung into unexpected circumstances, fast paced dialogue, always smart, sometimes irreverent, and a happy ending for the good guys They won t be disappointed.What drives the main plot here is protagonist, Daphne Maritch, de cluttering her life after a brief marriage We know which Japanese author Because I have an advanced reading copy of Elinor Lipman s latest novel, I have to write in a quiet voice the novel hasn t been published yet.Fans of Elinor Lipman expect a unique cast of characters flung into unexpected circumstances, fast paced dialogue, always smart, sometimes irreverent, and a happy ending for the good guys They won t be disappointed.What drives the main plot here is protagonist, Daphne Maritch, de cluttering her life after a brief marriage We know which Japanese author she had been reading Her big throw away is the yearbook dedicated to her mother, a beloved teacher at Pickering High School in New Hampshire, by the class of 1968 Her mother had attended each of their class reunions the yearbook, which her mother left to her following her death, is filled with her judgmental, observations and annotations Why would her mother leave it to her Out it goes in the recycling bin in her New York apartment building to be rescued by a would be documentary film maker, Geneva Wisenkorn.Of course, Daphne is horrified to learn Geneva wants to make a documentary of who knows what about this class or Daphne s mother, and the film maker s interest is only heightened when they attend the 50th class reunion What happens next is filled with revelations, new beginnings for Daphne and her father, Tom, the former principal of the high school I loved Tom and his relationship with his daughter and everyone he meets in this novel.There are moments of zaniness in a few of the story threads and a few stretches of imagination, but it is just fun, filled with good people, and I think we need that these days flag Like see review Nov 15, 2018 Laura Hill rated it liked it I received a complimentary copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own The book will be published on Feb 5, 2019 Writing 3 Plot 3 Characters 3.5Daphne Maritch inherits one thing from her recently deceased mother a 1968 High School Yearbook with regularly updated snarky marginalia Newly divorced and living in a postage stamp sized apartment in New York City, she tosses the tome and focusses on her recovery proj I received a complimentary copy of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own The book will be published on Feb 5, 2019 Writing 3 Plot 3 Characters 3.5Daphne Maritch inherits one thing from her recently deceased mother a 1968 High School Yearbook with regularly updated snarky marginalia Newly divorced and living in a postage stamp sized apartment in New York City, she tosses the tome and focusses on her recovery project a course in chocolate making However, thoroughly obnoxious neighbor, Geneva Wisenkorn, has another plan Purporting to be documentary film maker her main claim to fame is a Matzoh docudrama , Geneva has latched on to the yearbook procured through dumpster diving as her path to fame and fortune Thoroughly horrified, Daphne spends the book alternating between the shocking discoveries unearthed and trying to keep those discoveries quiet She is helped by her father whose move to New York fulfills a life long dream and hunky across the hall neighbor, Jeremy, who plays a small part in the successful series Riverdale.Entertaining and reasonably well written with great humor The plot is a little thin, and the characters are a little too stereotyped for my taste We find out at the end that it s really a happy love story though it doesn t read that way from the start I would have been a little happier if our heroine found something she actually wanted to do with her life rather than just find a boyfriend but that was not to be flag Like see review Nov 07, 2018 Jenna rated it liked it A fun, fast paced romantic comedy filled with quirky and eccentric characters.Daphne Maritch s mother, Jane, has always had an inexplicable attachment to the 1969 Pinker High School graduating class As the school s yearbook teacher adviser, Jane has gone to every reunion for the last three decades and when she dies, she explicitly wants Daphne to have her marked up yearbook Daphne, seeing no value in the yearbook, promptly throws the book out but when an eager wannabe film maker finds the year A fun, fast paced romantic comedy filled with quirky and eccentric characters.Daphne Maritch s mother, Jane, has always had an inexplicable attachment to the 1969 Pinker High School graduating class As the school s yearbook teacher adviser, Jane has gone to every reunion for the last three decades and when she dies, she explicitly wants Daphne to have her marked up yearbook Daphne, seeing no value in the yearbook, promptly throws the book out but when an eager wannabe film maker finds the yearbook and wants to make a documentary film about Daphne s mother and the class of 69, Daphne is forced to look closely at the significance of her mother s life long obsession Why was her mother so preoccupied with this specific graduating class and what do all the markings she made about the students mean What ensues is a comedy of errors starring a lovable but foot in mouth Daphne think Phoebe Waller Bridge in the BBC comedy Fleabag and an equally delightful supporting cast of interesting characters that really enrich the story While sometimes the writing seems a bit clunky and the ending felt a little rushed after a whirl wind adventure, Good Riddance was a very enjoyable read For fans of Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman, Matthew Quick, and Plum Sykes flag Like see review Dec 22, 2018 Readingtilthebreakofdawn rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley arc This was my first Elinor Lipman book I ve read and I can understand the attraction to her characters and her writing She puts together a nice and light hearted story that I would classify as a good palate cleanser Nothing too serious, but entertaining.Daphne Maritch is a small town girl living in NYC Her mother passed away about a year ago, she is recently divorced by a man that is a serial cheater and she now is becoming a chocolatier When her mother leaves her a prized possession in her wi This was my first Elinor Lipman book I ve read and I can understand the attraction to her characters and her writing She puts together a nice and light hearted story that I would classify as a good palate cleanser Nothing too serious, but entertaining.Daphne Maritch is a small town girl living in NYC Her mother passed away about a year ago, she is recently divorced by a man that is a serial cheater and she now is becoming a chocolatier When her mother leaves her a prized possession in her will, her yearbook, Daphne has no clue why she would leave this to her and gets rid of it to declutter her small NYC apartment What happens after is full of fun, laughs and some light entertainment And perhaps a bit of a love story thrown in for some well deserved characters.An enjoyable, quirky, summer read type book Nothing too intense, but fun and entertaining with characters that you want to root for Even the villain isn t so villainous, but you definitely want to stick around and see what happens next Fast paced and loved the headings to each chapter Original storyline that will leave you feeling good when all is said and done 3.5 starsThank you Netgalley for my ARC flag Like see review Jan 21, 2019 Catherine Riviera rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways, 2019 reading list I received this book as an advanced readers copy from a giveaway won on.The book itself is very cute, witty and has a nice ending I have yet to read of Elinor Lipman but it seems her novels are well liked.A few things I didn t like about the story The character Geneva is infuriating and annoying, in the sense that no normal human would reason with her or agree to any of her terms It made the main character seem spineless or for lack of better words, an idiot Which then was rede I received this book as an advanced readers copy from a giveaway won on.The book itself is very cute, witty and has a nice ending I have yet to read of Elinor Lipman but it seems her novels are well liked.A few things I didn t like about the story The character Geneva is infuriating and annoying, in the sense that no normal human would reason with her or agree to any of her terms It made the main character seem spineless or for lack of better words, an idiot Which then was redeemed in further situations, but still.I really thought the ending would be juicier, as in Geneva would actually go through with and thus slander the mother s name in real life, creating some intense drama.The fathering by the student in question and the conclusion of that plot line was rather underwhelming The middle of the story seemed to have the most action but then petered out into a love sweet story ending.I believe there is a type error on page 229, 9 lines from the bottom six time should be six times All in all the book was a quick read I finished it within two days and enjoyable enough to explore Lipman s other works flag Like see review Nov 23, 2018 Mandolin rated it really liked it I always enjoy Elinor Lipman s books, for they are a little like palate cleansers in between heartier fare I mean that in the best of ways They are light and fun with just enough depth to keep me engaged but not so much that I feel I have to work hard at the read This newest novel takes us into the life of an ex Montessori teacher turned chocolatier in training who is learning to cope with the betrayal of her ex husband She s a little bit self absorbed and quite a bit self blind, both of whi I always enjoy Elinor Lipman s books, for they are a little like palate cleansers in between heartier fare I mean that in the best of ways They are light and fun with just enough depth to keep me engaged but not so much that I feel I have to work hard at the read This newest novel takes us into the life of an ex Montessori teacher turned chocolatier in training who is learning to cope with the betrayal of her ex husband She s a little bit self absorbed and quite a bit self blind, both of which tended to make this reader think of herself and which contribute to the development of the story Add to the mix a sudden revelation about her mother gleaned from the pages of an old yearbook and the discovery of an interesting new neighbor across the hall and you have the perfect mix of conundrums to create an enjoyable novel All in all, a good read if you just want something to erase the cobwebs from your brain.My favorite quote Having no scruples isn t actionable I received an advanced reader s copy of this book from the publisher in return for this review flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Devon rated it liked it Thank you NetGalley for this ARC This is fun, slightly odd, read recommended for fans of Maria Semple s Where d You Go Bernadette Daphne learns that there is to her deceased mother s treasured yearbook after a neighbor fishes it out of the recycling Her neighbor wants to make a documentary out of her mother s little notes and quips about her favorite students but Daphne will do anything to protect her family and their secrets My biggest problem with the novel Daphne s age If her mo Thank you NetGalley for this ARC This is fun, slightly odd, read recommended for fans of Maria Semple s Where d You Go Bernadette Daphne learns that there is to her deceased mother s treasured yearbook after a neighbor fishes it out of the recycling Her neighbor wants to make a documentary out of her mother s little notes and quips about her favorite students but Daphne will do anything to protect her family and their secrets My biggest problem with the novel Daphne s age If her mom was 23 in 1968, she would ve been born in 1945 If Daphne was around 32, her mom would have been well into her 40 s before starting a family with Daphne s dad It would have felt believable if her mom was a teacher for the class of 1978 Not sure if the author feels comfortable writing for an older audience, but I can t imagine Daphne being a 32 year old Millennial Tip Imagine The Marvelous Mrs Maisel s Rachel Brosnahan as Daphne and the writing begins to read smoother flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Jennifer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, netgalley 2019, 2019 Loved it Huge fan of Elinor Lipman and I love her books This was no exception I loved the characters, story and writing style The whole book revolves around an old yearbook that belonged to Daphne s mom This yearbook causes many problems and eventually long hidden secrets are revealed The yearbook ends up in the wrong hands because Daphne decides to declutter her apartment and recycles her mom s beloved book It took me a while to like Daphne, but I found her very funny, especially when sh Loved it Huge fan of Elinor Lipman and I love her books This was no exception I loved the characters, story and writing style The whole book revolves around an old yearbook that belonged to Daphne s mom This yearbook causes many problems and eventually long hidden secrets are revealed The yearbook ends up in the wrong hands because Daphne decides to declutter her apartment and recycles her mom s beloved book It took me a while to like Daphne, but I found her very funny, especially when she would describe her ex husband and when she ran into Holdy at the restaurant I loved Daphne s dad, Thomas They talked about everything and nothing seemed off limits I wouldn t mind Jeremy living next to me Then there was Geneva Her whole project seemed like something you would read in a tabloid than a documentary I definitely recommend the book The characters are witty and made me laugh many times I can t believe a yearbook would cause so many issues Thanks to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the author, Elinor Lipman for a free electronic ARC of this novel flag Like see review Oct 03, 2018 Karen Reed rated it liked it I ve always wanted to read Elinor Lipman, since her books often come up on my recommended lists I can say that after reading , Good Riddance, I could read her again This book is quite simply a good vacation read It s just light with a fun premise Daphne s mom has died She was one of the most popular teachers in their small town in NH Daphne has moved to NYC and in the process of decluttering , pitches her mom s prized yearbook from her first year of teaching The yearbook reappears when a I ve always wanted to read Elinor Lipman, since her books often come up on my recommended lists I can say that after reading , Good Riddance, I could read her again This book is quite simply a good vacation read It s just light with a fun premise Daphne s mom has died She was one of the most popular teachers in their small town in NH Daphne has moved to NYC and in the process of decluttering , pitches her mom s prized yearbook from her first year of teaching The yearbook reappears when a neighbor filmaker finds it and wants to make a documentary based on the notes her mom has written in the yearbook after attending the reunions from the class of 1968s Well , needless to say havoc follows and secrets unfold This book almost feels like a modern Jane Austen with the various social and family misfortunes I would recommend this to someone who likes light, beach reads or just needs a break from the heavy stuff flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Kelsey Franks rated it did not like it First, let me say thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.I had high hopes for this book, the description hooked me right away and the story took off like a shot But about a third into it, I realized this book wasn t for me The protagonist is not someone I could ever root for, because her characteristics that caused problems her selfish entitlement, lying, etc are never even slightly overcome or acknowledged Th First, let me say thank you to Netgalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for my honest review.I had high hopes for this book, the description hooked me right away and the story took off like a shot But about a third into it, I realized this book wasn t for me The protagonist is not someone I could ever root for, because her characteristics that caused problems her selfish entitlement, lying, etc are never even slightly overcome or acknowledged The plot we are presented is not the one that is in this book, it veers off into a million different things and I felt I was on a wild goose chase There are no women in this book that stand on their own two feet there was an opportunity with June s character, but it was eventually a plot exploited by her own daughter Ugh I m sure there is an audience for this book, but I cringed too many times to recommend it flag Like see review Dec 24, 2018 Donna rated it liked it Daphne has received her mother s 1968 yearbook from her will which was updated and maintained through the years by her mother Her mother loved to attend class reunions and wrote comments about everyone who attended Daphne did not see that it was something that she needed to hang on to so she put it into the recycle bin at her apartment building A quirky neighbor who loves to scavenge the bin finds it and refuses to give it up The neighbor sees herself as a documentary filmmaker and wants t Daphne has received her mother s 1968 yearbook from her will which was updated and maintained through the years by her mother Her mother loved to attend class reunions and wrote comments about everyone who attended Daphne did not see that it was something that she needed to hang on to so she put it into the recycle bin at her apartment building A quirky neighbor who loves to scavenge the bin finds it and refuses to give it up The neighbor sees herself as a documentary filmmaker and wants to use it as the basis of a film Elinor Lipman is a good writer, I just found this book to have little substance with a plot that was not really something that I liked Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman will be available February 5, 2019 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

    Good riddance Idioms by The Free Dictionary It is a good thing this detrimental person or thing is leaving, because one is better off without them or it My dad is finally throwing out that ugly old sofa that he s had since college good riddance Good riddance Define Good riddance at Dictionary Also, good riddance to bad rubbish.A welcome loss or departure This expression is often used as an exclamation For example, The principal has finally retired, and most of the teachers are saying, Good riddance or When Jean decided to give up her violin her relieved family quietly said, Good riddance to bad rubbish Late s Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman . stars Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick lit, and an enjoyable light read The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother s yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly years. Good Riddance Definition of Good Riddance by Merriam Webster If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is Good Riddance Time of Your Life Unplugged

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        Elinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001 Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was ada Elinor Lipman is the author of 11 humorous novels about contemporary American society essay and short story collections, and a book of rhyming political tweets Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, she graduated from Simmons College where she studied journalism She lives in Manhattan, and received the New England Book award for fiction in 2001 Her first novel, Then She Found Me, was adapted for the screen, starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth and Matthew Broderick Her fourth novel, The Inn at Lake Devine was adapted for the off off Broadway stage by Tongue in Cheek Theater In 2011 2012, she held the Elizabeth Drew chair in creative writing at Smith College


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    1. Update New review 12 14 18Daphne Maritch, finally free of Pickering, New Hampshire and stupid mistakes made even here in NYC, has read that book about decluttering your home and hugging your stuff to see if they bring you joy or hate or painful memories that may lead to eating a pint of ice cream with a half cup of bourbon on top This will then lead you to the trash or recycle bins in the basement of your apartment building to throw out all the meaningless stuff you ve collected, including the U [...]


    2. Daphne Maritch is going through a rough patch She s 31 and freshly divorced after a whirlwind romance and even shorter marriage Her recently widowed father is also struggling, so, in an effort to support each other and make a fresh start, the two decide to move to New York to see what new adventures await them.While unpacking boxes, Daphne uncovers a yearbook her late mother left to her in her will It s very worn, with all kinds of, hm, colorful notes written in the margins It s no secret Daphne [...]


    3. 3.5 stars Good Riddance is zany, madcap chick lit, and an enjoyable light read The story begins when Daphne Maritch throws out her mother s yearbook from her first year of teaching, in which she has made notes about former students at every reunion for nearly 50 years When Daphne s neighbor takes possession of the yearbook and decides she wants to make a documentary about it, all sorts of hijinks ensue.This book was fun I enjoyed the wry style and there were laugh out loud funny moments, [...]


    4. Thank you HMH Books for sending me a copy of GOOD RIDDANCE in exchange for an honest review This one was light and sweet, but not for me I couldn t get along with the main protagonist, or figure out who she was or what she wanted relateable though haha Little plot progression, and a romance that felt forced I really enjoyed the relationship between the father and daughter, however, bumping up my rating a bit I think you ll like this one if you re a fan of Lipman s other work, unlikable f Thank y [...]


    5. I m so torn here On the one hand, I love the concept It s unique, it s interesting, and the book is well written.On the other handit s really hard to care about Daphne She threw the yearbook away when it was the one thing she got from her dead mother, and she did it barely a year after Mom passed That s pretty cold I d have liked the book infinitely better if the yearbook were lost due to carelessness or thrown out by a friend by mistake or something I hated that Daphne threw it away I m so torn [...]


    6. In 1991 I picked up a book by an author I had never read before, Elinor Lipman, it was THEN SHE FOUND ME, and I have been her most devoted fan ever since GOOD RIDDANCE is right up there with my favorite Lipman books It does harken back to the parental confusion and loyalty issues that occurred in her first novel Again, she creates a delightful, ditzy, totally sympathetic heroine in Daphne Matrich I quite literally could not put down the book I cared about Daphne and her family Lipman skill In 19 [...]


    7. When Daphne s mother died, she left Daphne her yearbook Her mom was the cool, hot teacher and yearbook advisor whom all the boys adored In fact, the yearbook was dedicated to her She never missed a reunion and made sure everyone signed her yearbook She then made notes in the pictures Her take on the person, some nice some not and some codes Daphne couldn t decipher.Daphne throws away the yearbook and is surprised to discover that her neighbor, a filmmaker found it and wants to make a docum When [...]


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