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Suffering a bout of mid-30s inertia, Abby Randolph, a Harvard dropout– cum–struggling antiques dealer, has all but given up on herself. Her mother perished a year earlier in an earthquake in India. Her childhood love and ex-fiancé has penned a tell-all novel exposing Abby's awkward childhood, troubled adolescence and thwarted foray into academia. With a litany of insulting confessions, her most recent boyfriend leaves her for another woman. But when a colleague suggests she take the porcelain chamber pot left to her by her mother onto the TV program Antiques Roadshow—where experts tell her it belonged to the poet of the novel's title—fantastic pipe dreams of uncovering treasure materialize. The pot's pedigree sets in motion a series of misadventures, forcing Abby to get in gear and off the couch. The jokes in Medwed's fourth novel (following The End of an Era) don't always pan out, but this buoyant "dramady" is a wry, easy read for flea market scavengers and collectors alike, those who can appreciate how "objects of desire... the hairline crack in an old vase, the foxing in an old print, the clouded glass of an old decanter mark the passage of time, commemorate the history of people's lives." (Mar.)
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If Elizabeth Barrett Browning had lived in an era that enjoyed the luxury of indoor plumbing, life would have turned out a whole lot differently for Boston antiques dealer Abigail Randolph. When Abby's mother and her lover, Henrietta, perish during an earthquake, Abby and Henrietta's daughter, Lavinia (Abby's childhood best friend), must sort out their mothers' possessions. Lavinia gets the good stuff, and Abby gets a chamber pot. But not just any chamber pot--one, it turns out, that formerly belonged to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, according to the experts on Antiques Roadshow. When it's announced on national television that the relic is worth $75,000, Lavinia suddenly decides to sue Abby for possession, a suit that will bring Abby face to face with her ex-lover, Lavinia's brother Ned. The legal machinations force Abby to view her friendships, lovers, family, and herself in a new way. Medwed's best yet is light and learned, and she handles self--esteem-challenged Abby's crisis of confidence with humor and sensitivity. Carol Haggas
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Abigail is a virtual orphan. Her Harvard professor father has decamped to California with his new, much younger wife, following the dissolution of his marriage to Abigail's mother... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ravenous Reader
Our book group loves this book! it is a very quick,easy and enjoyable book for summer reading and/or a book group selection.Published on May 29, 2013 by 4
The subject matter of this book is not all that interesting to begin with. It marginally kept my attention by inspiring me to research Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her dog Flush... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Alicia Keenon
This is a fast read, chiefly because you can skip half the text. In fact, I had to skim, otherwise I'd have gotten too frustrated with Abby, the main character, whose personality... Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by N. B. Kennedy
Abby the main character states on page #3: " I'd always liked everybody's leavings, the discarded and dented bits and pieces of other people's lives"....yeah, me too. Read morePublished on June 21, 2008 by V. Wild
Loved this. Similar to Claire Cook but with an antiques/Massachusetts setting. I'm an antiques nut AND a MA resident, formerly of Cambridge, so I'm probably biased. Ms. Read morePublished on June 17, 2008 by jeffsdate
Fast read. Interesting characters. Pretty predictable ending but it was a happy one. Better than watching tv. No violence, foul language or gratuitous sex. Read morePublished on September 13, 2007 by Gobi55
Being from the Boston area myself this book truly is a wonderful and accurate ride through the Boston area. Read morePublished on August 24, 2007 by James E. Gleason
Very well written, warm, and humorous novel which you will treasure as the treasures are revealed to you.Published on August 5, 2007 by S. H. Stern