Everyone in King George, New Hampshire, loved Margaret Batten, part-time amateur actress, full-time wallflower, and single mother to a now-distant daughter, Sunny.Read more...
Everyone in King George, New Hampshire, loved Margaret Batten, part-time amateur actress, full-time wallflower, and single mother to a now-distant daughter, Sunny. But accidents happen. The death of Margaret, side by side with her putative fiancé, brings Sunny back to the scene of the unhappy adolescence she thought shed left behind. Reentry is to be dreaded; theres no hiding in a town with one diner, one doctor, one stop sign, one motel. Yet allies surface; even high school tormentors have grown up in unforeseen and gratifying ways. Just possibly, Sunny begins to think, she wasnt as beleaguered as she felt she was. And maybe her mothers life was richer than anyone suspected. Add to the mix a chief of police whose interest in Sunny exceeds his civic duty, and you have the makings of an irresistibly beguiling tale from an author who writes with all the wit and wry authority of a latter-day Jane Austen.
The Dearly Departed
When small-time actress Margaret Batten and her boyfriend Miles Finn are found dead in Margaret's house, rumors fly around the town of King George, New Hampshire. Were they murdered? Were they married? Investigating this mystery is Margaret's daughter, Sunny, who returns to King George for the first time since high school only to learn that her mother was not the timid wallflower she believed. The arrival of Miles' son Fletcher Finna cantankerous 31-year-old bearing an uncanny resemblance to Sunnysets the town speculating further about the pair's parents. Lipman has created an amusing whodunit set in a small community populated with familiar, likable figuresfrom Dot, the waitress at the local diner, to the hapless police chief Joey Loach. This lighthearted comedy raises important questions about the nature of family and community. A reading group guide is available in print and online at www.vintagebooks.com/read.