"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the
Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced
characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending
"In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."
"Hooray for Ellen Meister! In a miracle of fine writing with Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a novel of infinite charm, she has brought the inimitable, witty and acerbic Dorothy Parker back to gin swilling life."
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A fun, spunky, tension-ridden but endearing tale ... absolutely delightful!"
—The Best Reviews
"Meister weaves an amusing story of pathos and growth as Violet develops self-esteem and tries to make a better life for herself and her niece. And with lines such as 'The space between romance and pragmatism is exactly where a girl can get herself in trouble,' Meister makes Mrs. Parker as sharp-tongued in the afterlife as she was in her 1920s heyday."
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Funny, tender and nicely-paced."
"The plot was so swift and the prose so clean and clear, I had the book done in the space of an afternoon. I'd highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy stories of the Algonquin Round Table and Dorothy Parker's legendary wit ... Solid A."
"The writer's famous wit is on full display."
"The plot is tightly constructed and just when we are settling in for a predictable turn, it weaves left or right, giving the story yet one more twist .... The result is a charming book, especially for lovers of Ms. Parker, who get to spend some quality time with her."
"You don't have to know who Dorothy Parker was to truly appreciate this wonderful novel ... an enjoyable fun read with depth to the characters and a lovely portrayal of the wit of Dorothy Parker herself."
"Farewell, Dorothy Parker
is a delightful haunting. How wonderful to have the renowned
wit—America's wisegirl—as resident ghost and adviser.... Ellen
Meister's new novel is smart and fun."
—Susan Isaacs, New York Times bestselling author of As Husbands Go