Good Riddance

7 CDs. Dreamscape Audio. Feb. 2019. 8:08 hrs. ISBN 9781974926893. $39.99. F
OrangeReviewStarRefashioning her post-divorce life, Daphne Maritch registers for an online chocolatier course, bonds with her TV actor neighbor, and zealously declutters her miniscule Manhattan apartment. Thus, a 1968 high school yearbook bequeathed by Daphne's late mother (but consigned to the recycling bin when it failed to spark joy) is now in the clutches of refuse-rummaging neighbor Geneva, who declares it "found art." Geneva envisions filming a where-are-they-now documentary following students who knew Daphne's parents as principal and English teacher in their small New Hampshire town. Only now does Daphne imagine what an outsider might make of the vintage album's extensive margin notes: symbols, numbers, and trenchant observations inscribed over the years by her mother. These betoken a decades-old secret that could emerge if certain questions are asked, including why Dad never went to reunions while Mom compulsively attended them. Narrator Mia Barron, tone-perfect as wry Daphne and outrageous Geneva, also transitions seamlessly among the supporting cast, enlivening Lipman's (Turpentine Lane) signature eccentric characters, spiky wit, and sparkling dialog.
VERDICT A treat for Lipman followers, this romantic comedy/caper will divert anyone seeking clever but warmhearted fiction (e.g., Cathleen Schine), as well as fans of classic screwball comedies. Ideal for public libraries. ["Funny, warm, sharp, smart, and full of love for family, no matter how flawed": LJ 12/18 review of the Houghton Harcourt hc.]
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