By Lucy Ellmann

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Paperback, 9781620400203, 341pp.

Publication Date: February 26, 2013


It's Christmas Eve in Manhattan. An eminent plastic surgeon slips on the ice, lands on his butt, and sprains his ankle. So far, so good. A woman such as he's never known yanks him to his feet and conjures the miracle of a taxi.

Harrison recuperates with Franz Schubert, Bette Davis, and a foundling cat. Then it's back to rhinoplasties, liposuction, and the peccadilloes of his obnoxious colleagues. It is only when he collides again with that strangely helpful woman that things take a wild and revolutionary turn.

Sparkling, polemical, irreverent, slippery, and sexy, "Mimi" is a love story, a call to arms, and Lucy Ellmann's most tender and dazzling book. It's also the feminist novel of the century. (So far.)

About the Author
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.