Mimi

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A&C Black, 2013 - American fiction - 341 pages
13 Reviews
It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. Harrison Hanafan, noted plastic surgeon, falls on his ass. 'Ya can't sit there all day, buddy, looking up people's skirts!' chides a woman in a coat like a duvet. Then she conjures the miracle of a taxi. While recuperating with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat, Harrison adds items to his life's work, a List of Melancholy Things (puppetry, shrimp-eating contests, Walmart...) before going back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues.Then Harrison collides once more with the strangely helpful woman, Mimi, who bursts into his life with all her curves and chaos. They soon fall emphatically in love. And, as their love-making reaches a whole new kind of climax, the sweet smell of revolution is in the air.By turns celebratory and scathing, romantic and dyspeptic, Mimi is a story of music, New York, sculpture, martinis, public speaking, quilt-stealing, eggnog and, most of all, love. A vibrant call-to-arms, this is Lucy Ellmann's most extraordinary book to date.
 

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User Review  - checkadawson - LibraryThing

I liked that these characters were flawed and quirky...more like real life than some of the polished characters we see in novels. Nevertheless, the writing was often repetitive and circular. I think ... Read full review

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User Review  - AquariusNat - LibraryThing

I was very disappointed in this book . The lead male character was a pretentious jerk and where the female lead is concerned , someone should tell the author that vulgar cursing does not translate as ... Read full review

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Contents

VIRTUE AND CHEWING
307
ALL MEN ARE TERRORISTS
313
WELL ALL HAVE CHICKEN AND DUMPLINGS WHEN SHE COMES
320
INSTRUCTIONS TO MEN OF FEELING
327
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Born in Illinois, Lucy Ellmann was dragged to England as a teenager. Her first novel, Sweet Desserts, won the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was followed by Varying Degrees of Hopelessness, Man or Mango? A Lament, Dot in the Universe and Doctors & Nurses. She now lives in Edinburgh.

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