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It's on the the corner of Madison and 34th Street that Mimi opens, with Harrison Hanafan, an eminent Manhattan plastic surgeon, slipping on the Christmas Eve ice, slaloming between fire hydrants and the calves of fellow pedestrians, and spraining his ankle. Harrison has just dumped his girlfriend, for about 952 good reasons — has nearly sworn off female companionship forever — but when a comely premenopausal woman helps him to his feet, it's the start of a grand romance: one that will blossom through MLK day, Groundhog Day, the cliches of Valentine's Day, and the Ides of March, will absorb shocking revelations, will be interrupted by misunderstandings and yearned for through terrible tragedy, and will finally triumph, with the belated transformation of our hero, proving himself worthy of the title and his very own heroine, the incredible, incomparable, indomitable Mimi.Lucy Ellmann returns with her characteristically zany, high-wire prose, crafting a narrative that is funny, thought-provoking, sexy, sweet, and ultimately hugely satisfying.

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"A curmudgeonly New Yorker discovers his inner feminist in Ellmann's incisive, witty sixth novel (after Doctors & Nurses). When noted plastic surgeon Harrison Hanafan slips on an icy patch of Madison Avenue sidewalk and sprains his ankle, he is aided by a 'wacko broad' who puts him in a cab and then disappears. Harrison convalesces by listening to classical music, caring for a rescued stray cat, and panicking over the speech he's been asked to give for his high school alma mater when, suddenly, he encounters his mysterious savior and a quirky romance blooms. Mimi, his new love, proves a catalyst for discovering how much of his world revolves around the women in his life. He finds excitement and challenge with Mimi, a chief confidant in his older sister, Bee, and an adversary in his high-maintenance ex-girlfriend, Gertrude. Even his cat turns out to be female. When tragedy strikes, Harrison's ideas on women, culture, and society evolve even faster, and his conclusions crystallize into the speech of a lifetime. Ellmann's biting, absurd wit drives the oddball plot forward, and despite the tale's slow pace and Harrison's occasionally ponderous ramblings, at its heart is a memorable character with a unique voice and a provocative message. Agent: David Godwin, DGA, U.K." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi. Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn. Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, Mimi is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book. It's also the feminist novel of the century. (So far.)

Synopsis:

It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi.

Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn.

Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, Mimi is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book. It's also the feminist novel of the century. (So far.)

About the Author

Lucy Ellmann was born in Evanston, Illinois, and now lives in Scotland. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the 1988 Guardian Fiction Prize. She has also written Varying Degrees of Hopelessness, Man or Mango?, Dot in the Universe, and Doctors & Nurses.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781620400203
Author:
Ellmann, Lucy
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Subject:
General Fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A curmudgeonly New Yorker discovers his inner feminist in Ellmann's incisive, witty sixth novel (after Doctors & Nurses). When noted plastic surgeon Harrison Hanafan slips on an icy patch of Madison Avenue sidewalk and sprains his ankle, he is aided by a 'wacko broad' who puts him in a cab and then disappears. Harrison convalesces by listening to classical music, caring for a rescued stray cat, and panicking over the speech he's been asked to give for his high school alma mater when, suddenly, he encounters his mysterious savior and a quirky romance blooms. Mimi, his new love, proves a catalyst for discovering how much of his world revolves around the women in his life. He finds excitement and challenge with Mimi, a chief confidant in his older sister, Bee, and an adversary in his high-maintenance ex-girlfriend, Gertrude. Even his cat turns out to be female. When tragedy strikes, Harrison's ideas on women, culture, and society evolve even faster, and his conclusions crystallize into the speech of a lifetime. Ellmann's biting, absurd wit drives the oddball plot forward, and despite the tale's slow pace and Harrison's occasionally ponderous ramblings, at its heart is a memorable character with a unique voice and a provocative message. Agent: David Godwin, DGA, U.K." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi. Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn. Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, Mimi is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book. It's also the feminist novel of the century. (So far.)
"Synopsis" by ,
It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi.

Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn.

Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, Mimi is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book. It's also the feminist novel of the century. (So far.)
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