Our second title for September is Ms. Demeanor, the latest whip-smart comedy from the acclaimed US novelist Elinor Lipman.

It tells the story of Jane Morgan, a New York lawyer who loses her job when a prudish neighbour observes her having sex on the roof of her Manhattan apartment block..

Convicted of indecency, Jane is sentenced to six months’ house arrest. This seems bleak until she realises she isn’t the only resident of her building wearing an ankle tag. She strikes up a friendship with fellow white-collar felon Perry Salisbury and one thing leads to another...

The New York Times called Ms. Demeanor ‘a joyride’ and ‘a celebration of guiltless pleasure’, while novelist Amanda Craig says: ‘Elinor Lipman is one of my favourite comic novelists: social satire, Jewish wit, pin-sharp on love, mistakes and age. Pure bliss.’

Marian Keyes agrees. She says: ‘I love the wit, lightness of touch, dry, wry humour and optimism of Elinor Lipman’s writing.’

You can order your copy here.

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“In the space of five years, I went from graduating at Harvard
to becoming a psychiatric patient.”

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