Story behind the book: Lipman's British-born significant other, who never had a yearbook, bought it proudly for $12 when she wasn't looking, at a flea market in Stormville, New York. “Why would you want this?" she asked. "Americana," he said. When he got it home and studied it, he realized that this very copy ( which happened to be from the Keene High School class of 1955!) had belonged to the teacher and yearbook advisor to whom it was dedicated. He quickly saw that she had attended reunions faithfully, and had made notes about the attendees, not always flattering, color-coded by reunion year.
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Keene - Elinor Lipman signing and discussing "Good Riddance"
The late June Maritch was the teacher to the class of ’68 had dedicated its yearbook, and in turn she went onto attend every reunion, scribbling notes and observations after each one—not always charitably. And was there some kind of short-hand code to be deciphered? In a fit of decluttering, Daphne discards the yearbook 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.
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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