then she found me

I just finished reading Elinor Lipman’s, Then She Found Me. It was a fun read about a women who is given up for adoption and is found by her birth mother thirty-six years later. Bernice Graverman is a slightly zany talk show host in Boston who decides the time is right to reunite with her long lost daughter, April Epner, a conservative high school Latin teacher. April’s adoptive mother has recently died and at first she is not interested in forging a relationship of any kind with her flamboyant birth mother. But Bernice and her “toad-sized earrings” won’t go away and eventually they both realize they aren’t so different after all.

Helen Hunt wrote the screenplay for a movie adaptation of the novel and she is also directing and starring in the film along with Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick. The casting is dead on and it’s possible that the film, slated for release sometime this year, may even be better than the book! Another one of Ms. Lipman’s books, The Inn at Lake Devine , has just been added to my “To Be Read” pile.

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