Mameve Medwed


Mameve Medwed
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First: her name. Though in her adolescence she used to pretend it was French, it isn't. Pronounced May-Meeve, she is named for two grandmothers, Mamie and Eva.

Mameve Medwed is the author of seven novels—Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (2007 Massachusetts Book Award Honors in Fiction), Of Men and Their Mothers, and Minus Me (forthcoming in January 2021). Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in, among others, The New York Times, Gourmet, Yankee, Redbook, Playgirl, The Boston Globe, Ascent, The Missouri Review, Confrontation, The Readerville Journal, Newsday, and The Washington Post. She has taught fiction writing for many years at The Cambridge Center for Adult Education, has been a mentor in the writing program at Lesley University, read papers for the English Department at Simmons College and has taken part in writing festivals across the country, serving on panels and teaching seminars. She has been interviewed on Maine Public Radio, The Voice of America and other radio and TV programs and has been profiled in many newspapers.

Born in Bangor, Maine, where she is considered Bangor's other writer (Stephen King holds the title!), she resides in Cambridge.

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Praise for Mameve

The New York Times pronounced Mail, a "wacky, funny, an off-the-wall sendup of the take charge of your life novel."

Publishers Weekly called Host Family, "a cuttingly funny yet heartwarming tale full of hilarious twists and practical wisdom."

Booklist said of The End of an Error, "this witty and diverting, even enchanting, look at middle age should make Medwed a household name."

The Boston Globe reviewed How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life as "a novel as delicious as its title... Here is a canny writer with a distinctive voice," and the New York Times Book Review wrote, "How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life deserved to be the success it was."

The late Anita Shreve said of Mameve's fifth novel, Of Men and Their Mothers, "I LOVED it. Maisie ... is a terrific character. It is a delightful novel, very true to the Mameve Medwed collection. I finished it wanting more." The Boston Globe said of Of Men and Their Mothers: A book that's buoyed throughout by Medwed's nervy sense of humor...a thoroughly absorbing page turner...A deft prose stylist, ...she is especially adroit at crafting dialogue that keeps the narrative humming... Medwed refuses to let the stereotypes stand. Her characters don't remain inside convenient little boxes." The New York Times Book Review said, "As Medwed's narrator, Maisie is great at chattily spooling things along... The book is crammed with nice touches... lively writing." The Ladies Home Journal said, Mameve Medwed's Of Men and Their Mothers takes a humorous and intelligent look at the often dysfunctional relationships of mothers and sons, wives and mothers-in-law, even mothers and daughters... and flies sweetly from page to page."