Synopses & Reviews
Lee Emery has never forgotten Simon, the boy who stole her heart when she was eighteen and traipsing through Europe with her globe-trotting, eccentric grandmother. But that was twenty-five years ago. Since then she has been contentedly married to the man whose wide shoulders and unwavering affection were never more than a room away. Though her three children are leaving the nest, shes hunkering down in itin the very house where she grew up, where her parents bird books fill the shelves, where her job at the local college is a mile from her front door. Where everything is familiar and safe. Or so she once thought.
After publishing Mainely Marguerite, a memoir of her grandmother that describes Lees midsummer nights madness of first love, all the moorings of hearth and home start to shake loose. Questioning all her comfortable assumptions, she acts on an impulse and sets off a chain of events that catapults her back to Europe and to the second chance she may not wantor dareto take. Perhaps shes not the good Maine solid citizen she always imagined herself to be. Perhaps shes more like her grandmother than she had believed possible. Yet again, Mameve Medwed brilliantly explores the geography of modern love and marriage. With deft portraiture and stinging humor she examines what happens when the remembrance of things past offers daunting possibilities for the correction of things past and THE END OF AN ERROR.
"This witty and diverting, even enchanting, look at middle age should make Medwed a household name." Patty Engelmann, Booklist
"Outrageously funny with warmth and humanity
Medwed at her best." Anita Shreve
"In these engrossing characters...Medwed has achieved her finest work yet...a pure delight to read." Arthur Golden, author of Memoirs of a Geisha
"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
"[W]arm and vivid, and as full of delightful surprises as Marguerite herself." Stephen McCauley, author of True Enough and The Object of My Affection
"Funny and touching...characters are intelligently self-negating and totally engaging. A surprising and delightful read." Wendy Wasserstein, author of The Heidi Chronicles and Shiksa Goddess
Mameve Medwed's most recent novel, Host Family (Warner hardcover, 2000), received critical acclaim in publications such as Publishers Weekly, Newsday, Denver Post, and Kirkus Reviews. It was a Featured Alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club(R).
x Medwed's debut novel, Mail (Warner, 1997), received glowing reviews from the New York Times Book Review, Chicago Tribune, and Boston Globe, among other national publications. Film rights have been optioned by director Sharon Maguire (Bridget Jones's Diary).
The author of the critically acclaimed "Mail" and "Host Family" delivers this funny yet provocative tale about one woman's inability to forget her first love.
Lee Emery has never forgotton Simon, the boy who stole her heart when she was 18 years old. That was 25 years ago. Since then she has married another man, had three children and lives a nice comfortable life. However, when the opportunity arises to see Simon again, she realises that she must do it.
About the Author
Mameve Medwed is the author of "Mail" and "Host Family" and a longtime teacher of fiction writing. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications including Redbook, Missouri Review, The Boston Globe, Playgirl, and Newsday. Born in Maine, she and her husband have two sons and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.