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Mameve Medwed
Adult Fiction MEDWED

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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. A Harvard graduate and former wife of a much older Joycean scholar, the 31-year-old Cambridge resident has given up her job at Widener Library to take a chance on herself. Her mailbox becomes "an umbilical cord... the giver of pleasure and pain," and her new mailman becomes the man of her dreams. Louie Cappetti is a rough-around-the-edges kind of guy whose greatest charm, at least for the reader, is his empathy with Katinka's disappointments and triumphs. Her lust for Louie inspires Katinka to spritz Arpège before collecting the mail. But when Louie breaks his leg and is unable to complete his rounds, will Katinka remain constant? Or will she turn to awkward but decent lawyer Jake Barnes (fully intact, despite his name)? 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. Simultaneous Warner audio. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

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. Can a Radcliffe grad, short story writer, and former wife of a prominent Joycean scholar find happiness with Louie Capetti, her mailman? Or is Katinka O'Toole confusing true love with good sex? And what about Louie's mysterious relationship with his old high-school girlfriend? Is Katinka's overly class-conscious mother right when she says nothing good will come of this? Although Medwed alternates uneasily between a humorous tone and a very earnest one, she has created an appealing heroine. Readers will find themselves rooting for Katinka to make the right choices and find happiness. A promising first novel.‘Nancy Pearl, Washington Ctr. for the Book, Seattle (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Age: 31
Radcliffe graduate.

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