Run Catch Kiss
By Amy Sohn
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9780684867533, 256pp.)
Publication Date: July 10, 2000
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
"I was only twenty-two and already I was infamous..." So begins Amy Sohn's hilarious and wise debut novel, Run Catch Kiss.
When the saucy Ariel Steiner returns home to New York City to be an actress, she is buoyed by daydreams of becoming Hollywood's hottest ingenue. Nothing can stand in her way -- nothing, that is, but her freshman-fifteen pounds, a senile talent agent, and the fact that she's living back home with her parents in Brooklyn.
While waiting for the ever-elusive big break, Ariel discovers a hidden talent for channeling her erotic fantasies and becomes a sex columnist at New York's hottest downtown weekly. Soon, art and life are imitating one another, and the junkies, commitmentphobes, and other subjects of Ariel's columns are wreaking havoc on her life. But when she finally falls in love, the real Ariel must stand up. Is she a nice Jewish girl who wants to settle down or a brazen sex kitten who'd rather meet a deadline than the man of her dreams?
Sharp, savvy, and irresistible, Run Catch Kiss is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on that dangerous turn-of-the-century phenomenon: the single girl who wants it all.
Amy Sohn is the author of the novels Motherland, Prospect Park West, My Old Man, and Run Catch Kiss. She has been a columnist at New York, The New York Press, The New York Post, and Grazia. She has written TV pilots for such networks as HBO, Fox, and ABC. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her at website at AmySohn.com.
Cathi Hanauer Mademoiselle Sohn's sensibility is so fresh....This is tragicomic literary porn from a rising young star. Not to be missed.
Lucinda Rosenfeld Harper's Bazaar A comic romp through the collective groin of New York City...a highly entertaining read.
Richard Bernstein The New York Times A little-known event that took place around the time that Richard M. Nixon was resigning as president was the birth of Amy Sohn, [who] has emerged as a representative of her generation....A clever and witty book....Ms. Sohn is a talented woman who writes with an energetic self-mockery.
Clea Simon The Boston Globe With its contemporary foibles and likable heroine, Sohn has a pleasantly readable winner in this debut novel...fun and sexy.