My Latest Grievance

  • by Elinor Lipman
  • Narrated by Mia Barron
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Born and raised in a college dorm and chafing under the care of the most annoyingly evenhanded parental team in the history of civilization, Frederica Hatch is starting to feel that her life is stiflingly snug. But then, into this cozy but claustrophobic world, comes Laura Lee French, a wannabe Rockette and the new dorm mother at the lackluster women's college where Frederica's parents teach and agitate. Further disturbing the peace is the fact that Miss French - in the distant past - had been married to Frederica's earnest and unglamorous father. Fearing scandal and campus glee, the three Hatches and Laura Lee attempt to keep their secret.


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My Latest Grievance is this book

Heard so many wonderful things about Elinor Lipman but this was a huge disappointment. I'm not even a quarter of the way through but it's a toss up whether I'll continue with it. there's no perceivable plot and little dialogue, just a narrative by a young girl who is mildly amusing, but not very interesting. Her parents are downright boring and the newest character, the ex-wife is just silly. As to the "discovery" of this first marriage of the narrator's dad, well, it's just not interesting. I really don't care about the details. I really regret wasting my money on this one. Dang! Wish I had read the Amazon reviews and not just the Audible reviews, which turned out to be a bit misleading for me.
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- L. Calder "Gardening Geek"

All around terrific

If you could sum up My Latest Grievance in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, intelligent, funny

What other book might you compare My Latest Grievance to and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird because it's told from a child's point of view, a funny and astute child.

What does Mia Barron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voices, just terrific.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, mostly the ending.

Any additional comments?

I'm sad that it's over and there is nothing I can find to follow it up!

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- Jo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-29-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.