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  • "Cambridge author Mameve Medwed relishes revisions" (Boston Globe, 2013)
  • Of Men and Their Mothers featured in New York Times "Paperback Row" column (New York Times, 2009)
  • Of Men and Their Mothers made the Boston Globe Bestseller List (2009)
  • Of Men and Their Mothers is a featured title at Reading Group Choices (2009)
  • "Serious About Funny" (Interview with the Portland Press Herald, 2008)
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life made the Boston Globe Bestseller List. (2007)
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life was selected as an Honor Book for the 2007 Massachusetts Book Awards.
  • The paperback edition of How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life has gone into a second printing. (2007)
  • Mameve's essay, "Oh Lord, Oh Lourdes, Alors!" will appear in How to Spell Chanukah, to be published by Algonquin in November 2007.
  • Mameve and her best friend, author Elinor Lipman, were profiled in the Cape Code Times in a piece titled "Writers, readers, and best friends forever" (2006).
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life has gone into a second printing. (2006)
  • Mameve was featured in a story by Newsday entitled, "The unguided approach to writing." (Newsday, 2006)
  • The Polish rights to How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life were sold to Muza Publishing, Warsaw. (2006)
  • IndieNext (formerly BookSense) named How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life one of their "Top 20 picks for April." (2006)
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life was selected by Boston magazine as its Book Club pick for March 2006.

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  • Minus Me
  • Of Men and Their Mothers
  • How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life
  • The End of an Error
  • Host Family
  • Mail

Minus Me

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"Medwed's lovely novel of marriage, motherhood, love and loss is so real that at times it feels like non-fiction. It's a timely reminder that in the worst of times, we sometimes rediscover the very best of ourselves." Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light

"Medwed's known for her delicious wit, and here she's brilliantly crafted a profoundly warm and intimate novel about what it means to try to manage the tumult in our life—and the life of a loved one. In her trademark sparkling prose, Medwed shows us how sometimes our best made plans (and manuals) meant to get us where we’re sure we want to go can actually derail us from our best selves and the very route we actually need to travel instead. Sprightly and absolutely delightful with an ending readers will cherish." Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"Minus Me is a delightful romp of a novel. Only Mameve Medwed could have a reader smiling as she reads about the great themes of loss, motherhood, marriage, and love. Surely this is the feel good book of the year!" Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most

"Minus Me is a charming and hopeful story about love and destiny...about the family you have and the family you choose in the mouth-watering milieu of a gourmet sandwich shop. It transported me to beautiful Passamaquoddy, Maine, a place I very much loved being in and gave me characters in Annie, Sam and Ursula who I loved spending time with. A perfect read to escape the world." Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home

"Such a sharp eye, wry voice, and warm heart at work here! Annie’s plight kept me reading hungrily: Will her many fears be realized? Will "in sickness and in health" be tested? Has there ever been a more entertaining drama queen of a mother? So much to love! Minus Me is vintage Medwed: smart, funny-quirky, and so very satisfying." Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance and On Turpentine Lane

"Minus Me is a smart, touching comedy of manners about a loving marriage, an impossible mother, and an iconic salami sandwich, Mameve Medwed writes with heart and charm, warmth and wisdom. She knows how to evoke laughter and tears, balance the joys and the challenges of the complicated relationships she describes, and bring to life an entire Maine town—snowy and welcoming—that you'll hate to leave. Fans of Medwed's previous novels and newcomers to her work will eat it up as greedibly as they would a Paul Bunyan sandwich." Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

Of Men and Their Mothers

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"The mother-in-law, that staple of stand-up comedy routines. Does she still have any power left after decades of pummeling? In Mameve Medwed's new novel, Of Men and Their Mothers, she certainly does. Ina Pollock, Maisie Grey's loathsome ex-mother-in-law, can raise the reader's pulse with a single phone call... As Medwed's narrator, Maisie is great at chattily spooling things along. ("About my job," she begins one chapter. "But, first, let me backtrack to high school.") The book is crammed with nice touches like Ina's potpie business, which sells, among other things, the Drumstick Bangers and Mash, the Turkey Trot and the Wings à la King... lively writing." The New York Times Book Review

"[A] zany, highly comical page-turner. Medwed...is a seasoned and lively storyteller." Emily Cook, Booklist

"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.... In the end, good outwits evil, anger melts into understanding, and Maisie even gets the loving boyfriend she deserves. Medwed's pleasant, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based fairy tale flies sweetly from page to page." Jamie Caploe, Ladies Home Journal

"A book that's buoyed throughout by Medwed's nervy sense of humor...a thoroughly absorbing page turner...Medwed creates a vivid sense of pace, lampooning Harvard as the center of the known universe...Medwed has a great eye for physical detail...a deft prose stylist, she peppers her writing with zingy one-liners and memorable turns of phrase. She is especially adroit at crafting dialogue that keeps the narrative humming...this mother-in-law from Hades is an inspired comic creation...Medwed refuses to let the stereotypes stand. Her characters don't remain inside convenient little boxes." The Boston Globe

"The world's worst ex-mother-in-law is a delicious character for Mameve Medwed to skewer and serve up in zippy, witty style in her new novel." The Improper Bostonian

The Chicago Sun-Times has selected Of Men and Their Mothers as a Mother's Day book recommendation.

Of Men and Their Mothers is a BookSense "Notable Book" for May and a Denver Post Editor's Choice book.

"Quirky characters keep this drama of relationships in their many forms interesting. A quick and satisfying read; recommended for all public libraries." Karen Core, Detroit Public Library, for Library Journal

How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

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"How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life deserved to be the success it was." New York Times Book Review

"Cambridge, Mass.—king of America's academic cities—is ripe for satire:its obsession with Harvard, its European-like insistence on established families, its hyper-liberal politics. And Mameve Medwed, a longtime Cantabrigian, is up to the task.... Beyond the funny, gentle ribbing of Cantabrigians and their ways, both Abby and her chamber pot find some resolution. If you ever went to Harvard, hung out in Harvard Square hoping to run into some cute single person, or just grew up in the shadow of an academic superstar, you'll likely look fondly on Medwed's Cambridge tale." Washington Post

"This is a novel as delicious as its title...don't be deceived by Medwed's light touch and irrepressible sense of humor. Here is a canny writer with a distinctive voice...a charming wry romp [with a] more profound problem that lingers, compelling us to confront our own bonds with our diverse objects of desire." The Boston Globe

"The reader roots for Abby as she faces her weaknesses and ultimately comes out ahead. At times, Abby addresses the audience as a trusted friend, which allows the story to come across as charming and funny without being precious. Abby is a thoroughly believable character, with flaws and strengths that many readers will recognize. Highly recommended for all public libraries." Anastasia Diamond, Cleveland Public Library, for Library Journal (starred review)

"Medwed briskly depicts the odd world of flea markets and tag sales, and makes of Abby's arduous liberation (not unlike the invalid Browning's) an adventure to which Jane Austen might have raised a celebratory glass of port....A whole lot of fun." Kirkus Reviews

"Medwed's best yet is light and learned, and she handles self-esteem-challenged Abby's crisis of confidence with humor and sensitivity." Carol Haggas, Booklist

"A buoyant dramady." Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Elinor Lipman's or Stephen McCauley's comedies of manners will be quite taken, as I was, by Mameve Medwed's newest novel... Because it's so clear that Medwed cares about [the main character's] happiness, it makes the reader root for her, as well. She's an awfully likeable heroine (although I did want to shake her once or twice for being so darn trusting). Medwed, like [Ayelet] Waldman, just keeps getting better and better with every book." Nancy Pearl, "The Beat" (NPR)

"Whether you have an old heirloom in the attic or a bad boyfriend in your past, Medwed's newest comedy is sure to satisfy your hopes, your revenge fantasies, and, especially, your funny bone." Daniel Goldin, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI (for BookSense)

"[A] lovely chronicle of the quest for ownership—both of an object and of the self." BookPage

"Cambridge author Medwed's flowing pace and springy, mischievous spirit keep the story rolling along, saturated with Cambridge people, places and values—like intellectual snobbery and the desire to be liberated from it." The Improper Bostonian

"Set in the world of antiques and the people who buy and sell them, Medwed has created a romantic comedy with spunk." The Denver Post

"Packed with raffish charm." Tina Gordon, Entertainment Weekly

"[H]er voice is spot on—any woman who has felt like she doesn't quite have it together will identify with Abby." Bangor Daily News

"A love story with a high IQ...We cannot help laughing at Medwed's utter wit. This is a Cinderella story for the modern era... All Medwed's books are comedies of manners from a risible, oft hilarious point of view... Medwed's books, short stories, touch our hearts, engender a rippling outloud laugh from us as we read, glimpses of moments in that perchance, at the time, we did not recognize with laughter... Her writing is difficult to put down, her characters lingering in our minds long afterward. Perhaps because they are us." Portland Press Herald (Maine)

"It's not easy to make a comprehensive list of the pleasures of reading How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life; there are many. I've barely scratched the surface, here. Just be confident that it's a ride of self-discovery which discerning readers of fiction will not want to miss." Peter Quinones, author of The Bohemiam Aesthetic

"How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life is a wryly funny, compulsively readable novel about antiques, lost love, and how we come to appreciate the true value of the people and things in our lives. Mameve Medwed is that rare novelist who is simultaneously entertaining and insightful." Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers, and Little Children

"Smart, witty, and delicious. Medwed's best work to date. This is a must-have for anyone who has ever seen Antiques Roadshow and fantasized about what that old painting in the attic might be worth." Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass, The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water

"Mameve Medwed's How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life may not save your life, but it will cheer you up considerably; a briskly droll comedy of modern manners." Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Son of a Witch

The End of an Error

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"A provocative and funny story about a woman still enthralled by her first love." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Do marriage vows trump true love? This...enjoyable tale offers one possible answer." Library Journal

"Medwed...has a gift for descriptive detail, finding pathos and humor in the stuff of everyday life. The End of an Error is...engaging. The ending...leaves the door open for whatever may come next." The Boston Globe

"The book underscores a poignant dilemma...Medwed's specialty lies in the delicious mischief...and the intimate liveliness she brings to her characters." Improper Bostonian

"This is an intriguing look at middle age with empty nest beckoning and the past feeling more like a positive nostalgia trip...Lee is a fabulous protagonist," Midwest Book Review

"Lusting women will bond with this novel's heroine who considers leaving her family for a world of impulse and romance." Glamour

"Medwed's writing is superb, as are her observations of the human condition and the intricacies of married relationships." The Pilot

"The author is a practiced hand at warmhearted...fiction...an enjoyable read that could provoke both smiles and tears." Publishers Weekly

"This witty and diverting, even enchanting, look at middle age should make Medwed a household name." Booklist

"...Mameve Medwed's best...an addictive story told with precision, wit and grace...the best-ever dance down the road not taken." Elinor Lipman, author of The Dearly Departed and The Inn at Lake Devine

"Outrageously funny with warmth and humanity...Medwed at her best." Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass, The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water

"...warm and vivid, and as full of delightful surprises as Marguerite herself. Stephen McCauley, author of True Enough and The Object of My Affection

"In these engrossing characters...Medwed has achieved her finest work yet...a pure delight to read." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

Host Family

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"A cuttingly funny yet heartwarming tale full of hilarious twists and practical wisdom." Publishers Weekly

"A penetrating look at the different forms that the family takes...It's the gentle humor, delivered with subtle grace, that makes this book an enjoyable read." Denver Post

"A clever romance full of warm and wry touches...Returning to the ever-eclectic People's Republic of Cambridge, the scene of her successful debut, Mail, Medwed spins a similarly funny tale of romantic entanglements and divided loyalties as a woman struggles with starting over." Kirkus Reviews

"A charming read for which Medwed's fans will most likely be waiting in line." Library Journal

"Shamelessly charming." The Boston Globe

"An entertaining, witty look at the wacky world of modern American relationships...filled with twists and turns...a bubbling story line." Midwest Book Review

"A witty joyous novel about modern love." Sullivan County Democrat

"Similar to Anne Tyler in her exposure of how individuals living boring but comfortable lives cope with being thrown out of their rut. Medwed has written a novel that is both funny and warming." Oxford Times

"A book that manages to be both savagely funny and enormously warm and charming. Readers everywhere will be nodding their heads and chuckling to themselves with recognition. A delicious read!" Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks

"An absolute delight from beginning to end. Hats off to Mameve Medwed! Her wicked wit and endearing charm grace each and every page. I don't know when I have laughed so loud and so long." Jill McCorkle, author of Final Vinyl Days and Crash Diet

"Medwed finds the joy and humor that exist beside our heartbreak and sorrow...Host Family is a testimony to that hodgepodge of emotion that makes up the human condition. I loved this book!" Ann Hood, author of Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine and Ruby

"You'll care about these people, you'll laugh—you're in for a real treat." Lorna Landvik, author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and The Tall Pine Polka

"A funny, buoyant, good-hearted novel about modern love and the complicated, sometimes exotic accommodations people make for it." Suzanne Berne, author of A Crime in the Neighborhood

"Just as English clubs belong to P.G. Wodehouse, Cambridge belongs to Mameve Medwed. Find yourself an easy chair and settle in with the warm and witty Host Family for a complete delight." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

Mail

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"Wacky...funny...an off the wall send-up of the take-charge-of your-life novel." The New York Times

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

"Medwed's talent is in the details..she's also equally adept at small poignancies and manages to keep the writer guessing. Nice delivery." Publishers Weekly

"Medwed's writing is seductive and meaningful..a bundle of comic relief." West Coast Review of Books

"Wonderfully funny tale of love and lust...great fun." Kirkus Reviews

"A must-read." Mademoiselle

"Witty...a sharp and hilarious novel." Abilene Reporter News

"A witty look at love, sex, class, family, home...a genuinely funny romance." Bangor Daily News

"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

"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 dilemma...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 Banishing Verona

"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

"Medwed's lovely novel of marriage, motherhood, love and loss is so real that at times it feels like non-fiction. It's a timely reminder that in the worst of times, we sometimes rediscover the very best of ourselves." Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light

"Medwed's known for her delicious wit, and here she's brilliantly crafted a profoundly warm and intimate novel about what it means to try to manage the tumult in our life—and the life of a loved one. In her trademark sparkling prose, Medwed shows us how sometimes our best made plans (and manuals) meant to get us where we’re sure we want to go can actually derail us from our best selves and the very route we actually need to travel instead. Sprightly and absolutely delightful with an ending readers will cherish." Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"Minus Me is a delightful romp of a novel. Only Mameve Medwed could have a reader smiling as she reads about the great themes of loss, motherhood, marriage, and love. Surely this is the feel good book of the year!" Ann Hood, New York Times bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most

"Minus Me is a charming and hopeful story about love and destiny...about the family you have and the family you choose in the mouth-watering milieu of a gourmet sandwich shop. It transported me to beautiful Passamaquoddy, Maine, a place I very much loved being in and gave me characters in Annie, Sam and Ursula who I loved spending time with. A perfect read to escape the world." Miriam Parker, author of The Shortest Way Home

"Such a sharp eye, wry voice, and warm heart at work here! Annie’s plight kept me reading hungrily: Will her many fears be realized? Will "in sickness and in health" be tested? Has there ever been a more entertaining drama queen of a mother? So much to love! Minus Me is vintage Medwed: smart, funny-quirky, and so very satisfying." Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance and On Turpentine Lane

"Minus Me is a smart, touching comedy of manners about a loving marriage, an impossible mother, and an iconic salami sandwich, Mameve Medwed writes with heart and charm, warmth and wisdom. She knows how to evoke laughter and tears, balance the joys and the challenges of the complicated relationships she describes, and bring to life an entire Maine town—snowy and welcoming—that you'll hate to leave. Fans of Medwed's previous novels and newcomers to her work will eat it up as greedibly as they would a Paul Bunyan sandwich." Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life

"The mother-in-law, that staple of stand-up comedy routines. Does she still have any power left after decades of pummeling? In Mameve Medwed's new novel, Of Men and Their Mothers, she certainly does. Ina Pollock, Maisie Grey's loathsome ex-mother-in-law, can raise the reader's pulse with a single phone call... As Medwed's narrator, Maisie is great at chattily spooling things along. ("About my job," she begins one chapter. "But, first, let me backtrack to high school.") The book is crammed with nice touches like Ina's potpie business, which sells, among other things, the Drumstick Bangers and Mash, the Turkey Trot and the Wings à la King... lively writing." The New York Times Book Review

"[A] zany, highly comical page-turner. Medwed...is a seasoned and lively storyteller." Emily Cook, Booklist

"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.... In the end, good outwits evil, anger melts into understanding, and Maisie even gets the loving boyfriend she deserves. Medwed's pleasant, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based fairy tale flies sweetly from page to page." Jamie Caploe, Ladies Home Journal

"A book that's buoyed throughout by Medwed's nervy sense of humor...a thoroughly absorbing page turner...Medwed creates a vivid sense of pace, lampooning Harvard as the center of the known universe...Medwed has a great eye for physical detail...a deft prose stylist, she peppers her writing with zingy one-liners and memorable turns of phrase. She is especially adroit at crafting dialogue that keeps the narrative humming...this mother-in-law from Hades is an inspired comic creation...Medwed refuses to let the stereotypes stand. Her characters don't remain inside convenient little boxes." The Boston Globe

"The world's worst ex-mother-in-law is a delicious character for Mameve Medwed to skewer and serve up in zippy, witty style in her new novel." The Improper Bostonian

The Chicago Sun-Times has selected Of Men and Their Mothers as a Mother's Day book recommendation.

Of Men and Their Mothers is a BookSense "Notable Book" for May and a Denver Post Editor's Choice book.

"Quirky characters keep this drama of relationships in their many forms interesting. A quick and satisfying read; recommended for all public libraries." Karen Core, Detroit Public Library, for Library Journal

"How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life deserved to be the success it was." New York Times Book Review

"Cambridge, Mass.—king of America's academic cities—is ripe for satire:its obsession with Harvard, its European-like insistence on established families, its hyper-liberal politics. And Mameve Medwed, a longtime Cantabrigian, is up to the task.... Beyond the funny, gentle ribbing of Cantabrigians and their ways, both Abby and her chamber pot find some resolution. If you ever went to Harvard, hung out in Harvard Square hoping to run into some cute single person, or just grew up in the shadow of an academic superstar, you'll likely look fondly on Medwed's Cambridge tale." Washington Post

"This is a novel as delicious as its title...don't be deceived by Medwed's light touch and irrepressible sense of humor. Here is a canny writer with a distinctive voice...a charming wry romp [with a] more profound problem that lingers, compelling us to confront our own bonds with our diverse objects of desire." The Boston Globe

"The reader roots for Abby as she faces her weaknesses and ultimately comes out ahead. At times, Abby addresses the audience as a trusted friend, which allows the story to come across as charming and funny without being precious. Abby is a thoroughly believable character, with flaws and strengths that many readers will recognize. Highly recommended for all public libraries." Anastasia Diamond, Cleveland Public Library, for Library Journal (starred review)

"Medwed briskly depicts the odd world of flea markets and tag sales, and makes of Abby's arduous liberation (not unlike the invalid Browning's) an adventure to which Jane Austen might have raised a celebratory glass of port....A whole lot of fun." Kirkus Reviews

"Medwed's best yet is light and learned, and she handles self-esteem-challenged Abby's crisis of confidence with humor and sensitivity." Carol Haggas, Booklist

"A buoyant dramady." Publishers Weekly

"Fans of Elinor Lipman's or Stephen McCauley's comedies of manners will be quite taken, as I was, by Mameve Medwed's newest novel... Because it's so clear that Medwed cares about [the main character's] happiness, it makes the reader root for her, as well. She's an awfully likeable heroine (although I did want to shake her once or twice for being so darn trusting). Medwed, like [Ayelet] Waldman, just keeps getting better and better with every book." Nancy Pearl, "The Beat" (NPR)

"Whether you have an old heirloom in the attic or a bad boyfriend in your past, Medwed's newest comedy is sure to satisfy your hopes, your revenge fantasies, and, especially, your funny bone." Daniel Goldin, Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Milwaukee, WI (for BookSense)

"[A] lovely chronicle of the quest for ownership—both of an object and of the self." BookPage

"Cambridge author Medwed's flowing pace and springy, mischievous spirit keep the story rolling along, saturated with Cambridge people, places and values—like intellectual snobbery and the desire to be liberated from it." The Improper Bostonian

"Set in the world of antiques and the people who buy and sell them, Medwed has created a romantic comedy with spunk." The Denver Post

"Packed with raffish charm." Tina Gordon, Entertainment Weekly

"[H]er voice is spot on—any woman who has felt like she doesn't quite have it together will identify with Abby." Bangor Daily News

"A love story with a high IQ...We cannot help laughing at Medwed's utter wit. This is a Cinderella story for the modern era... All Medwed's books are comedies of manners from a risible, oft hilarious point of view... Medwed's books, short stories, touch our hearts, engender a rippling outloud laugh from us as we read, glimpses of moments in that perchance, at the time, we did not recognize with laughter... Her writing is difficult to put down, her characters lingering in our minds long afterward. Perhaps because they are us." Portland Press Herald (Maine)

"It's not easy to make a comprehensive list of the pleasures of reading How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life; there are many. I've barely scratched the surface, here. Just be confident that it's a ride of self-discovery which discerning readers of fiction will not want to miss." Peter Quinones, author of The Bohemiam Aesthetic

"How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life is a wryly funny, compulsively readable novel about antiques, lost love, and how we come to appreciate the true value of the people and things in our lives. Mameve Medwed is that rare novelist who is simultaneously entertaining and insightful." Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher, The Leftovers, and Little Children

"Smart, witty, and delicious. Medwed's best work to date. This is a must-have for anyone who has ever seen Antiques Roadshow and fantasized about what that old painting in the attic might be worth." Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass, The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water

"Mameve Medwed's How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life may not save your life, but it will cheer you up considerably; a briskly droll comedy of modern manners." Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Son of a Witch

"A provocative and funny story about a woman still enthralled by her first love." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Do marriage vows trump true love? This...enjoyable tale offers one possible answer." Library Journal

"Medwed...has a gift for descriptive detail, finding pathos and humor in the stuff of everyday life. The End of an Error is...engaging. The ending...leaves the door open for whatever may come next." The Boston Globe

"The book underscores a poignant dilemma...Medwed's specialty lies in the delicious mischief...and the intimate liveliness she brings to her characters." Improper Bostonian

"This is an intriguing look at middle age with empty nest beckoning and the past feeling more like a positive nostalgia trip...Lee is a fabulous protagonist," Midwest Book Review

"Lusting women will bond with this novel's heroine who considers leaving her family for a world of impulse and romance." Glamour

"Medwed's writing is superb, as are her observations of the human condition and the intricacies of married relationships." The Pilot

"The author is a practiced hand at warmhearted...fiction...an enjoyable read that could provoke both smiles and tears." Publishers Weekly

"This witty and diverting, even enchanting, look at middle age should make Medwed a household name." Booklist

"...Mameve Medwed's best...an addictive story told with precision, wit and grace...the best-ever dance down the road not taken." Elinor Lipman, author of The Dearly Departed and The Inn at Lake Devine

"Outrageously funny with warmth and humanity...Medwed at her best." Anita Shreve, author of Sea Glass, The Pilot's Wife and The Weight of Water

"...warm and vivid, and as full of delightful surprises as Marguerite herself. Stephen McCauley, author of True Enough and The Object of My Affection

"In these engrossing characters...Medwed has achieved her finest work yet...a pure delight to read." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

"A cuttingly funny yet heartwarming tale full of hilarious twists and practical wisdom." Publishers Weekly

"A penetrating look at the different forms that the family takes...It's the gentle humor, delivered with subtle grace, that makes this book an enjoyable read." Denver Post

"A clever romance full of warm and wry touches...Returning to the ever-eclectic People's Republic of Cambridge, the scene of her successful debut, Mail, Medwed spins a similarly funny tale of romantic entanglements and divided loyalties as a woman struggles with starting over." Kirkus Reviews

"A charming read for which Medwed's fans will most likely be waiting in line." Library Journal

"Shamelessly charming." The Boston Globe

"An entertaining, witty look at the wacky world of modern American relationships...filled with twists and turns...a bubbling story line." Midwest Book Review

"A witty joyous novel about modern love." Sullivan County Democrat

"Similar to Anne Tyler in her exposure of how individuals living boring but comfortable lives cope with being thrown out of their rut. Medwed has written a novel that is both funny and warming." Oxford Times

"A book that manages to be both savagely funny and enormously warm and charming. Readers everywhere will be nodding their heads and chuckling to themselves with recognition. A delicious read!" Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks

"An absolute delight from beginning to end. Hats off to Mameve Medwed! Her wicked wit and endearing charm grace each and every page. I don't know when I have laughed so loud and so long." Jill McCorkle, author of Final Vinyl Days and Crash Diet

"Medwed finds the joy and humor that exist beside our heartbreak and sorrow...Host Family is a testimony to that hodgepodge of emotion that makes up the human condition. I loved this book!" Ann Hood, author of Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine and Ruby

"You'll care about these people, you'll laugh—you're in for a real treat." Lorna Landvik, author of Patty Jane's House of Curl and The Tall Pine Polka

"A funny, buoyant, good-hearted novel about modern love and the complicated, sometimes exotic accommodations people make for it." Suzanne Berne, author of A Crime in the Neighborhood

"Just as English clubs belong to P.G. Wodehouse, Cambridge belongs to Mameve Medwed. Find yourself an easy chair and settle in with the warm and witty Host Family for a complete delight." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha

"Wacky...funny...an off the wall send-up of the take-charge-of your-life novel." The New York Times

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

"Medwed's talent is in the details..she's also equally adept at small poignancies and manages to keep the writer guessing. Nice delivery." Publishers Weekly

"Medwed's writing is seductive and meaningful..a bundle of comic relief." West Coast Review of Books

"Wonderfully funny tale of love and lust...great fun." Kirkus Reviews

"A must-read." Mademoiselle

"Witty...a sharp and hilarious novel." Abilene Reporter News

"A witty look at love, sex, class, family, home...a genuinely funny romance." Bangor Daily News

"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

"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 dilemma...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 Banishing Verona

"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

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