Published: Lightning Books (March 2020)

ISBN: 9781785631689

Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman


‘A vastly entertaining screwball comedy’ – Washington Post

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.

Decluttering her small New York apartment, Daphne discards the yearbook. But when it is found in the recycling bin by a busybody neighbour, its mysteries – not to mention those of her own family – 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).






‘An enchanting, infinitely witty yet serious, exceptionally intelligent, wholly original, and Austen-like stylist’

Fay Weldon, Washington Post

‘Such brilliant news that Elinor Lipman’s new books are going to be published in the UK. I’ve been a huge fan of her novels for so many years. Her writing is witty, astute and deliciously dry, and I’m delighted to be able to share my love her work with a wider audience

Jill Mansell


‘You’ll definitely be delighted. Can an entire book function as a shaggy-dog story?’

Washington Post

‘A caper novel, light as a feather and effortlessly charming. It inspires a very specific kind of modern joy’

New York Times

‘The author has long been one of our wittiest chroniclers of modern-day romance. Her writing is brisk and intelligent, and if the plot of this novel is zanier than her usual fare, that too may show just how plugged-in she is to our far-fetched times’

Wall Street Journal

‘A charming romantic comedy. A stellar cast of supporting characters and intelligent, lyrical prose, make this novel a delightful treat readers will want to savour’

Publishers Weekly

‘The ultimate V-day binge read’


‘Fans of Lipman will cheer for a new novel in her signature style: funny, warm, sharp, smart, and full of love for family, no matter how flawed’

Library Journal

‘Smart, sassy, and satisfying... a tightly woven, lightly rendered, but insightfully important novel’




Elinor Lipman

Elinor Lipman was born in Massachusetts and is the author of a dozen novels and counting. Her first one, Then She Found Me, was published in 1990 and was adapted into a film starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler and Colin Firth. She won the New England Book Award in 2001, and her novel My Latest Grievance won the Paterson Fiction Prize.

She lives in Manhattan, as well as in upstate New York. She is married with one son.

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