How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life
By Mameve Medwed
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060831202, 352pp.)
Publication Date: March 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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What do a chamber pot, a famous poet, a family feud, and a long-ago suitor all have in common?
Elizabeth Barrett Browning might have written about the length and breadth of love, but Abby Randolph has given up on all that, preferring to spend her time between her cluttered "needs work" apartment and an overcrowded antiques mart optimistically named Objects of Desire. Yet Abby can't help but wonder what happened to her earlier passionate self . . .
Then the Antiques Roadshow comes to town, and Abby joins thousands of Boston's hopefuls at the crack of dawn, artifact in hand. But there, among the carousel horses and bedraggled stuffed animals, Abby's rather squalid piece of porcelain gets the star treatment. And from the moment the show airs, everything changes—friendships, her career, love affairs, even the way she views herself and others—as life comes rushing back at Abby Randolph full force.
Mameve Medwed is also the author of Mail, Host Family, The End of an Error, and How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life (which received a 2007 Massachusetts Book Honor Award). Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications including the Missouri Review, Redbook, the Boston Globe, Yankee, the Washington Post, and Newsday. Born in Maine, she and her husband have two sons and live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
“...an adventure to which Jane Austen might have raised a celebratory glass of port...A whole lot of fun.”
“Charming and funny without being precious, Abby’s a thoroughly believable character.”
-Library Journal starred review
“Don’t be deceived by Medwed’s light touch and irrepressible sense of humor... a canny writer with a distinctive voice.”
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