The Inn at Lake Devine - Elinor Lipman

The Inn at Lake Devine

By Elinor Lipman

  • Release Date: 1999-04-27
  • Genre: Family
Score: 4
From 28 Ratings


It was not complicated, and, as my mother pointed out, not even personal: They had a hotel; they didn't want Jews; we were Jews...It's the early 1960s and Natalie Marx is stunned when her mother inquires about vacation accommodations in Vermont and receives a response that says, "The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles."

So begins Natalie's fixation with the Inn and the family who owns it.  And when Natalie finagles an invitation to join a friend on vacation there, she sets herself upon a path that will inextricably link her adult life into this peculiar family and their once-restricted hotel.

The Inn at Lake Devine will enchant readers with the beguiling voice, elegant charm, and deft storytelling that have been hallmarks of Elinor Lipman's previous novels and have made her beloved by her fans.  Her characters sparkle on the page and delight us with their wit and grace--even when anti-Semitism rears its head in Vermont and the tables are turned in the Catskills.  Elinor Lipman is the undisputed master of the art of screwball comedy.

From the Hardcover edition.


  • The Inn at Lake Devine

    By SZZL405e
    This is one of the most charming books I have ever read. I am biased. I am Jewish, I was born in New York City and my family use to spend summers in Vermont. Our family was thinking of moving to Manchester Vermont in 1971 and we were told that would bring the Jewish count in Manchester VT to 9 people. My family felt if there was less Jews than fingers on your hand we probably would not be comfortable. I love Eleanor Lipmanā€™s writing, the wit and the heroine Natalie. (And in full disclosure my husband is not Jewish.) My review is utterly biased and I love this book so much.
  • The Inn at Lake Devine

    By Siesta Bloom
    This is one of the best book I have ever read and I give it my highest recommendation! Funny, touching, fantastic story, and characters,I wish I knew! Enjoy!
  • The Inn at Lake Devine

    By Peyton Lake
    Loved this book! Found Elinor Lipman to be charming and witty. I would laugh out loud at some of her passages! This book was an unexpected treasure and I was sorry when it ended. I've read two other of her books and am going to buy a third one.