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  • ISBN 0446520888
  • Warner Books


Katinka O'Toole has discovered that a degree from Harvard does not always lead to fame and fortune. Divorced and struggling to make a living as a writer, the highlight of her day has become the arrival of the mail. Or, more precisely, the mailman. Yes, she hopes for an acceptance letter, but she also has a fierce crush on Louie Capetti, her gorgeous postal carrier, who she hopes will carry her away to romantic bliss. So while she has taken to receiving her mail in "discount Dior," she also has to deal with her pretentious ex-husband (a noted Joycean scholar), her class-conscious mother, the unwanted affections of a corporate lawyer, and various other roadblocks to true love that plague smart women in today's society.

Praise for Mail

"As the plot thickens with bizarre, funny twists and turns, Katinka re-examines her attitude toward academia and makes changes in her life. In this off-the-wall send-up of the take-charge-of-your-life novel, Medwed also homes in on the rarified, self-important atmosphere of our Ivy League institutions—and the reflected snobbishness of the people who serve them." — New York Times Book Review

"Medwed's writing is seductive and meaningful...From pickup to delivery, Medwed sends a bundle of comical relief that will entertain the reader." — West Coast Review of Books

"Witty...Thanks to Medwed's wry, easy-going style, it is an specially charming delivery." — Glamour

"Beneath the wisecracking there's a lot of simmering...waiting to boil over." — Detroit News

"A sardonic funny read...Medwed is a canny writer." — Chicago Tribune

"A must-read," Mademoiselle. "A sharply drawn comedy of class, family, and romance." — Boston Globe

"Anyone who has ever wielded pen in pursuit of a career as a professional writer will be able to identify with Katinka O'Toole, the bright and witty heroine of Medwed's debut novel, a frothy romantic comedy... Medwed's talent is in the details, and there's a particularly funny ongoing bit involving a sack of flour that's supposed to teach a child the responsibilities of single parenting. She's also equally adept at small poignancies and manages to keep the reader guessing as to where if not why Katinka's affections will finally alight. Nice delivery." — Publishers' Weekly

"Learning the difference between love and lust, between what's important to a relationship and what can be overlooked, is the subject of this promising first novel. [Medwed] has created an appealing heroine. Readers will find themselves rooting for Katinka to make the right choices and find happiness. A promising first novel." — Library Journal

"Medwed's description of Katinka and her class-conscious mother is among the most authentic mother-daughter fugues you will ever read." — Boston Magazine

"The postman doesn't have to ring twice in this wonderfully funny tale of love and lust between a struggling writer and the mailman who delivers her rejected manuscripts. Told in comical, mile-a-minute prose, Katinka's good fortune transforms into a series of dilemmas...By the end, all problems are solved, though to Medwed's credit quite unpredictably, reinforcing a droll but biting realism." — Kirkus Reviews

"A treasure...loved the writing class; wish I had such a mailman, rejoice at not having such an ex-husband. If novels can't be Tolstoy, they'd better be this." — Fay Weldon, author of The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Mantrapped and Wicked Woman

"A novel of wit and optimism. Mail is a spirited, delightful read." — Meg Wolitzer, author of Surrender, Dorothy, The Position and The Wife

"A delicious witty first novel...Mameve Medwed writes with such insight about romantic and literary yearnings that many readers will surely suspect her of eavesdropping on their own lives." — Margot Livesey, author of Eva Moves the Furniture, Criminals and The House on Fortune Street

"Mail is so rich in character and detail and humor it should be insured." — Suzanne Strempek Shea, author of Around Again, Becoming Finola and Lily of the Valley