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The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
It’s 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx’s mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: The Inn at Lake Devine is a family owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles. For twelve-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irresistible challenge.

In this beguiling novel, Elinor Lipman charts her heroine’s fixation with a small bastion of genteel anti-Semitism, a fixation that will have wildly unexpected consequences on her romantic life. As Natalie tries to enter the world that has excluded her–and succeeds through the sheerest of accidents–The Inn at Lake Devine becomes a delightful and provocative romantic comedy full of sparkling social mischief.

The View:

The Inn at Lake Devine is split into three parts and each part had a unique story telling style. Part 1 was hilarious, I found myself grinning and even laughing out loud at certain scenes. This was the part I enjoyed the most, teenage Natalie and the way she chooses to take things in her own hands will remain memorable for a long time. The latter parts had Natalie as an adult and portrayed her continued relationship with the Inn that once dint want anything to do with Jews.

I did expect the story to have a lot of serious scenes because it dealt with a topic such as anti-Semitism and was pleasantly surprised when it dint. There were a few chapters I did not enjoy because it seemed very laid back and slow, but most part of the book was enjoyable. The romance element was much-needed and showed Natalie in a different light. Certain memorable scenes are when the chef asks Natalie for sexual flavors, the food poisoning episodes and the time when she returns home and stays with her parents.

I liked the book as it had a lot of characterization in it. The plot was filled with a lot of elements that kept me awake reading and for that I have to give it a 4 on 5.



2 Responses

  1. I have enjoyed several Elinor Lipman books, and haven’t yet read this one. I must check it out! Thanks for the great review.

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