While working at a teachers' magazine by day, Elinor Lipman began writing fiction at night. Her first book, Into Love and Out Again, was published in 1987, and it featured seven interconnected novella-length stories that inspired her to try a novel. The Way Men Act, Isabel's Bed, The Hotel at Lake Devine, The Ladies' Man, The Dearly Departed, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, My Newest Grievance, and most recently, The Family Man were all released in 1990 (eighteen years later, it was turned into a feature picture). The New England Book Award and the Poetry Center's Fiction Prize are among her accolades. She splits her time between the greenery of western Massachusetts and the hustle and bustle of New York City. For additional information, go to ElinorLipman.com.