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NO LEASE ON LIFE

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No Lease On Life

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Lynne Tillman
genre:
Fiction

We gave it a B

NO LEASE ON LIFE Lynne Tillman (Harcourt Brace, $21) Elizabeth Hall is a proofreader by day and a wannabe murderer by night — which is when this slim daylong tale begins. Her landlord is trying to raise the rent on her barely acceptable living quarters, the drug addicts won’t stop camping in her vestibule, and Hector, her super, doesn’t believe in throwing anything away. Our heroine takes comfort in conversation with everyone from her live-in boyfriend to the prostitute down the street. Seemingly every cynical joke known to the borscht belt lies in these pages (”Why do WASPs like taking planes? For the food”); the message: If you can’t beat ’em, laugh at ’em. Too bad Elizabeth’s sense of humor is so unoriginal. B