Reading Frenzy

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

How Elizabeth Barret Browning Saved My Life
by Mameve Medwed

Abby, an almost graduate of Harvard and owner of an antique booth in Cambridge, feels like life is passing her by. Her mother has recently died, her ex-fiance wrote a tell-all book, her last boyfriend dumped her, and her business is looking a bit shabby. Life takes a turn when another antique dealer catches sight of a chamber pot that she inherited from her mother and he talks her into taking it to the visiting Antique Roadshow. There she learns that the pot belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and has a value of $75,000.00. Before she can enjoy her windfall, her ex-best friend, who was the daughter of her mother's partner, sues her for ownership of the pot.

There's not a lot here about EBB, the book's mostly about Abby's unresolved issues with her friend, her ex-fiance and her choice of career. It's an enjoyable read, especially if you love looking for finds at flea markets and antique shops, and if you're familiar with Cambridge and Harvard, that's an added bonus. The writing is witty, and just when you're about to strangle some of the characters, they come through.


At 9:54 PM, Blogger sassymonkey said...

This is my list of things to read someday.

At 12:59 AM, Anonymous Lesley said...

Seems to be a new fad of incorporating some famous dead writer in the title, like The Jane Austen Book Club, Dinner with Anna Karenina, and now this one - I'm sure there must be others. Have you read either of those two?

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I have read both of these, and I loved the cover of Dinner with AK better than the book itself. I vaguely remember the other one too. I can't think of any others involving dead authors, although book club fiction seems to be a new favorite of writers.


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