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Book by Medwed, Mameve

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5.0 out of 5 stars intriguing look at middle age June 16 2003
A quarter of a century ago, when she was eighteen and doing Europe with her grandma, Lee Emery met and fell in love with Englishman Simon. Later Lee married Ben, a nice but somewhat boring professor, who still cherishes her as if they are newlyweds though they have had three children. Both seem contented together in a serene safe life.
However, Lee reads the book she helped bring to press, her grandmother's memoirs, Mainely Marguerite, which includes a passage describing Lee's first love. Suddenly, Lee acts out of character and questions her present lifestyle with a melancholy is that all there is? After sending a copy of the book to Simon, Lee scrambles to Europe trying to decide whether to take a second chance on a first teenage love or chicken out to return to the safety of her brood?
Title pun aside, 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 struggling between what she feels is an awakening that her lackluster sheltered life cannot be why she is breathing vs. the excitement of what she first felt as a teen. Will the reality equal the memory or will she conclude that you can never go home and the bird in hand is best?
Harriet Klausner
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This is a book for anyone who remembers their first love...or perhaps the great unrequited love of their life..and wonders if things could have turned out differently. Even though happily married to our comfortable "Ben", we can't help but recall the more exciting "Simon" in our lives. Having read Medwed's first two books and enjoyed them, I ordered this one, and am so glad I's definitely the best of the three. I simply could not put it down until I discovered how things came out for Lee, the heroine. there is some of Medwed's humor in the book, but its real value is the nostalgia it should evoke in its readers. I'm a senior citizen, and plan to recommend this to my daughter, approaching 40, as well. And I think the Bens and Simons of the world will enjoy it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, smart, undeniably moving! June 11 2003
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I've adored Medwed's work ever since the exhilarating "Mail", and this one is her most irresistible. Lee Emery is middle-aged, happily married, and she's written a book about the path --and the person-- not taken--a life with her first love Simon(already I'm hooked.) Amidst the memories of that love, we also read about her glamorous grandmother Marguerite (one of the most magnificent literary creations I've encountered!)Impulsively, Lee sends the book to Simon, turning everything in her life upside down. Told in sparkling prose, the book had melaughing out loud in parts and reaching for the box of tissues in others. And to me, a novel that can make you do both is a masterpiece indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and Clever - Sept. 9 2003
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As with Host Family and Mail, Medwed writes a light hearted novel with terrific descriptions, scenes, emotions. One again, Medwed doesn't disappoint and there are plenty of creative word-play zingers throughout the book that jump out as unexpected delights and surprises seemingly planted as little nods from the author to those who are culturally literate. Her characters are realistic and amusing. You'll finish the book wishing you had a "Ben", "Simon" and "Marguerite" in your life and I suspect given the care that Ms. Medwed so obviously took when she wrote each word of their dialogues that she has been fortunate enough to know them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every moment! June 28 2003
Fans of Mameve Medwed's two other funny and warm novels--Host Family and Mail--definitely will feel thrilled to return to yet another one of her well-written, humorous stories. If you have never read Medwed's novels, you might want to start with The End of An Error, which is about the road not taken--take it and see where main character Lee Emery ends up! Of particular fun in this novel--the exploration of authorship and how it can enrich/ruin/change your life. (If you're interested in this topic, you might want to read two other funny novels that address this subject matter: John Colapinto's About The Author or Christina Schwarz's All is Vanity).
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