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Praise for Of Men and Their Mothers

An interview with Mameve was featured in the August 10 edition of the Cape Cod Times.

"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

"Serious About Funny," a Q&A with the Portland Press Herald (Maine), was featured on June 15. Read the full article

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

Listen to Mameve read from and discuss Of Men and Their Mothers on Utah Public Radio.

"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 [Read the full review]

"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


Praise for How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life

Medwed's ... book, 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 [Read the full review]

"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 (Maine) [Read the full review and interview]

"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) [Read the full review]

"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, 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 Little Children, Election and Joe College

"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


Praise for The End of an Error

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


Praise for Host Family

"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


Praise for Mail

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