I have read a number of Lipman's novels and they are always enjoyable. Not romance: perhaps domestic novels might express it best. I don't know where or when I got this collection, but it was published in 1987. "After Emily" looks at pregnancy and young motherhood as it was in the early seventies through the late eighties. All the things that changed over that period have changed again in the thirty-five years since. The central character is a college professor raising two girls on her own as her husband has a new family. And it is not so much a story but her observations on the proper time to have a child and the proper way to do it. She has colleagues of her age (late thirties) just having a first baby now. You feel this story is very much based on Lipman's own life.
Yesterday I learned that a casual friend of mine had died suddenly. She was in her sixties and it was a shock to all of us. Only a month or so ago, she emailed me asking for suggestions for placing a crime story-flash fiction length. I gave her an idea or two but said I wasn't really up on the current markets. Which is true. How I wish now I had taken the time to look around a bit for her. I am no longer in the writing group she curates and apparently some of them knew she hadn't been feeling well.
Look out for your friends, Friends. They can slip away suddenly.