Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which we  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Today’s feature is one of my new books:  Ms. Demeanor, by Elinor Lipman.


Book Beginning:


Let’s say there were two people, a man and a woman, lounging on the rooftop terrace of an apartment building in midtown Manhattan.  She is thirty-nine, a lawyer.  He, on the neighboring chaise longue, is twenty-seven, a new associate in the same firm who has this night confessed to a crush that was not brushed aside, as workplace guidelines required.


Friday 56:

Now what?  I’d need a recipe I could make or talk about for the recommended length of sixty seconds.  Would it kill me to fake a little enthusiasm?



Jane Morgan is a valued member of her law firm—or was, until a prudish neighbor, binoculars poised, observes her having sex on the roof of her NYC apartment building.  Police are summoned, and a punishing judge sentences her to six months of home confinement. With Jane now jobless and rootless, trapped at home, life looks bleak. Yes, her twin sister provides support and advice, but mostly of the unwelcome kind. When a doorman lets slip that Jane isn’t the only resident wearing an ankle monitor, she strikes up a friendship with fellow white-collar felon Perry Salisbury. As she tries to adapt to life within her apartment walls, she discovers she hasn’t heard the end of that tattletale neighbor—whose past isn’t as decorous as her 9-1-1 snitching would suggest. Why are police knocking on Jane’s door again? Can her house arrest have a silver lining? Can two wrongs make a right? In the hands of “an inspired alchemist who converts serious subject into humor” (New York Times Book Review)—yes, delightfully.  


What do you think?  Keep reading?



15 thoughts on “BOOKISH FRIDAY: “MS. DEMEANOR”

  1. Do you see the photos that are part of the sponsored content attached to your blog? Ugh. Some of the photos are so disgusting. Is that something you can dismiss or can complain about to WordPress? I decided to not monetize my blog because I didn’t want to scare away prospective readers. Food for thought.

    On to your book.

    I think this book has potential. The sex on the roof. Hm. Not sure but I bet this ends up being kind of steamy?

    Happy New Year!
    My Friday post

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    1. Thanks, Anne, I am also looking forward to this one.

      As for the ads on the blog, I don’t notice them much when I’m on my laptop, but on my iPhone, they are very noticeable and annoying! But…I don’t want to monetize either.



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