How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life
What do a chamber pot, a famous poet, a family feud, and a long-ago suitor all have in common? In this delicious laugh-out-loud new novel of love and loss, rivalry and reconciliation, treasure and trash, by acclaimed author Mameve Medwed (Mail, The End of an Error), we see what happens when past and present collide. . . .
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 the overcrowded antiques mart -- the optimistically named Objects of Desire. Yet Abby can't help but wonder what happened to her earlier passionate self who rejected the path set out for her, dropping out of Harvard and falling headfirst into an ill-fated love affair. . . .
Then the Antiques Roadshow comes to town, and Abby turns up at the crack of dawn, artifact in hand, standing alongside thousands of Boston's hopefuls. But there, among the carousel horses, pipe sets, potbellied stoves, and bedraggled stuffed animals, it is Abby's rather ordinary -- and squalid -- piece of porcelain that gets the star treatment.
Abby is barely able to enjoy her good news, for the moment the show airs, life comes back at her at full force. Everything changes: friendship, finances, family, love affairs, career, her view of others, and the way she sees herself.
With this, her fourth novel, Medwed once again returns to Cambridge and, in her "sardonic, funny voice" (Chicago Tribune), "homes in on the rarified self-important atmosphere of our Ivy League institutions -- and the reflected snobbishness of the people who serve them" (New York Times Book Review).
This novel is a gift to anyone who goes to a flea market or watches Antiques Roadshow, anyone who has ever defied expectations, or, especially, anyone who has never been able to extinguish an old flame.
Antique dealers -- Fiction
Antiques roadshow (Television program : U.S.) -- Fiction
Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, -- 1806-1861 -- Relics -- Fiction
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, -- 1806-1861. -- Relics -- Fiction
Chamber pots -- Fiction
Collectors and collecting
Collectors and collecting -- Fiction
Single women -- Fiction
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|display_description||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.|
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|record_details||hoopla:MWT11921030|eBook|eBook||English|Harper Collins Publishers,|2009.|1 online resource, ils:.b2633785x|Book|Books|1st ed.|English|William Morrow,||258 pages ; 24 cm.|
|subject_facet||Antique dealers -- Fiction, Antiques roadshow (Television program : U.S.) -- Fiction, Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, -- 1806-1861 -- Relics -- Fiction, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, -- 1806-1861. -- Relics -- Fiction, Chamber pots -- Fiction, Collectors and collecting -- Fiction, Electronic books, Humorous fiction, Single women -- Fiction|
|title_display||How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life|
|title_full||How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life / Mameve Medwed, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life [electronic resource] / Mameve Medwed|
|title_short||How Elizabeth Barrett Browning saved my life|
|topic_facet||Antique dealers, Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, Chamber pots, Collectors and collecting, Electronic books, Relics, Single women|