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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (July 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684867532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684867533
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Amy Sohn lives in New York, where she writes a raunchy column for the New York Press called "Female Trouble." Her first novel features a young woman named Ariel Steiner, who lives in New York and writes a raunchy column called "Run Catch Kiss" for City Week. Any other similarities between author and creation are, no doubt, purely accidental. We first meet Ariel the summer after her graduation from college when she returns to the city, ready to resume the acting career she had as a child. Unfortunately, college not only enlarged Ariel's mind--it had a broadening effect on her body as well. "I can't send you out for any ingenue parts until you lose fifteen pounds," her agent tells her. Ariel is sure this won't take long and indulges in an optimistic fantasy about the fame and fortune that will soon come her way once she's lost the weight--an appearance in a George C. Wolfe production; a walk-on in a George Clooney film; an Oscar-winning performance in a Woody Allen movie, complete with requisite Oscar fantasy: "I'd bring my father as my date, and when Jack Palance opened the envelope and announced me as the winner, I'd run up to the stage in a strapless Chanel and they'd cut to a shot of my dad drowning in a sea of his own mucus." But until the day when Ariel Steiner becomes the third part of a Hollywood girl-triumvirate comprised of herself, Gwyneth, and Winona, a girl's got to eat; and so begins a ribaldly picaresque journey from actress wannabe to infamous New York sex columnist--"the Hester Prynne of downtown."

Run Catch Kiss is a novel that will appeal to a very specific audience--fans of Amy Sohn; young college graduates who'd like to imagine it's really this easy to achieve notoriety in a city like New York; and readers who enjoy lots of name-dropping, club-hopping, and frank descriptions of sex and other bodily functions. Sohn includes several of Ariel's columns ("Stench of a Woman," for example, or "Smutlife") as well as the letters she gets in response. In between, Ariel and her cronies and assorted one-night stands hang out in places with names like BarF and BarBarella, and drop pop references to Gen-X movies and music. Sohn delivers it all up with moxie, making up for the novel's literary weaknesses by sheer full-frontal outrageousness. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Life imitates art for a 22-year-old downtown Manhattan sex columnist in Sohn's raunchy, scathing and slippery debut. Ariel Steiner, an aspiring actress, sexpot and self-described failure, retreats to her parents' Brooklyn Heights home the summer after graduating from Brown. Scrambling in vain for a glamorous career and boyfriend, she settles for a temp secretary job to a woman she calls "Corposhit," using lunch hour to audition for "fat-girl" parts (she never lost her "freshman fifteen" pounds). The heroine has chutzpah, though, a quality that wins her the title role in a tacky musical, Lolita: Rock On, and humiliating dates with unsavory men. Fed up with the "overall suck quotient" of her summer, she submits a blow-by-blow account of her sexual frustrations to a downtown weekly paper and is instantly offered a column, entitled "Run Catch Kiss"Aa kind of "perils of Pauline from a slacker slut perspective." The newspaper is modeled on the actual New York Press, for which Sohn writes a similar column, and this novel retreads much of that material. Ariel enjoys a kind of creepy, thrilling notoriety, replete with fan and hate mail, until she begins embellishing her stories to compensate for her real-life love doldrums and runs into trouble with the newspaper's management. Sohn's writing, with its graphic sex, can be smug or comical, but she's best when imperious snugglebunny Ariel lets her guard down and confronts her humiliations with honesty and pluck. The portrait of Ariel's parents is sympathetic, even witty, in contrast to her mostly narcissistic goofball boyfriends. Sohn's take on the Gen-X dating scene mirrors her skewering of showbiz and journalism, and while readers may not believe that deep down Ariel is just a nice Jewish girl looking for love and success, many will agree that she's brash, smart, fearless and funny. (July)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Amy's fifth novel, The Actress, will be published by Simon & Schuster on July 1, 2014. Beyond that . . .
In 1973 Amy was born in Manhattan. Raised in Brooklyn Heights, Amy went on to attend Hunter College High School. In 1995 Amy graduated from Brown University, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and with Honors. That year she returned to Brooklyn to continue the acting career she had started as a child. It didn't go well, though she did appear in an episode of "Law and Order" called "Girlfriends."
In the summer of 1996 she became a columnist at New York Press, writing her autobiographical "Female Trouble" column, a chronicle of dating below Fourteenth Street that elicited loads of invective from readers and shamed her parents at dinner parties. This column was satirized in a cartoon by Anthony Haden-Guest that featured a blond and brunette talking, with the brunette telling the blond, "I'm the new you." This was thought to be based on Amy and Candace Bushnell, though Anthony never admitted it outright.
In 1999, Simon & Schuster published Amy's first novel, Run Catch Kiss, which has since been translated into four languages. According to the New York Times review of the book, "A little-known event that took place around the time that Richard M. Nixon was resigning as President was the birth of Amy Sohn, who has emerged as a representative of her generation." The review included the words "concomitant," "concupiscence," and "Spenglerian," three words that do not appear in the novel but should have.
In 1999 Amy became a columnist at the New York Post, where she enraged management by comparing Mayor Giuliani to Hitler and writing an expose on the Yankees locker room from the point of a view of an oversexed single woman looking for naked guys. Though the point of the column was that female sports journalists could not see anything prurient in modern clubhouses even if they wanted to, the column was attacked by female sports journalists and debated on WFAN.
In 2000, Amy co-created, wrote and starred in a television show for Oxygen's "X Chromosome" animated series entitled "Avenue Amy" that ran for two seasons alongside shows starring Laura Kightlinger and Wanda Sykes.
In 2001 Amy landed at New York magazine, where her first column, published that August was called "Intern Season" and used the gory disappearance of Chandra Levy as an opportunity to discuss dating and romance among summer interns in Washington, DC. This inaugurated her "Naked City" column, whose original title was "Sex Matters." After a few years "Naked City" became "Mating" and after a few more it became "Breeding."
In 2004 Simon & Schuster published her second novel, My Old Man, about a May-December relationship between a rabbinical school dropout and an aging screenwriter. It took place in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
In 2008 she became a columnist at England's Grazia magazine, where she wrote a column called "Diary of a Recessionista." The recession soon took over and the column was axed.
Over the years, Amy has also written for Harper's Bazaar, Premiere, Playboy, Elle, The New York Times, and Details. She is a recipient of a reader award from Playboy called the Golden Bunny and was voted one of Park Slope's 100 most influential people. She is certain she is the only individual to have received both honors.
In 2009 Simon & Schuster published Amy's third novel, Prospect Park West, about four Park Slope mothers on the verge of a nervous breakdown. It has since been translated into ten languages. Motherland, the sequel to Prospect Park West (which does not require that a reader has read Prospect Park West), was published in 2012.
As a pundit on popular culture, Amy has appeared on such networks as VH1, MTV, Fox News, CNN, Lifetime, MSNBC, and PBS. She has declined invitations to go on Fox News to discuss a) coeducational bathrooms at college campuses and b) Miley Cyrus. She has written television pilots for ABC, Fox, Lifetime and HBO.
She grew up in Brooklyn, where she still lives today. She has a brother, five years younger. She voted for Barack Obama and raised money for him. Her favorite writers are Laurie Colwin, Hilma Wolitzer, Charles Bukowski, Nathanael West, Mary Gaitskill, and Bruce Jay Friedman. Her favorite films include Gregory's Girl, The Landlord, The Apartment, My Life as a Dog, and Together.
She had her seventh birthday party at Kramer versus Kramer but not all the children were permitted by their parents to come. As a child she was taken to the films Heartland, Splash, Heart Like a Wheel, The Magical Mystery Tour, and Mr. Hulot's Holiday and is glad about it. She thinks Wainwright elevates Apatow and not the other way around. She has strong biceps but weak abs. She is aware that her inspiration for this list was the Kevin Costner speech in Bull Durham. She has had sexual fantasies about Richard Ford and they were productive.
If she could switch careers she would be a Broadway musical theater producer or a sommelier. She dresses to the left. She believes that when it comes to hair highlights, cheap is expensive. Her favorite joke is, "What's the difference between a Jew and a Gentile? A Gentile leaves without saying goodbye and a Jew says goodbye without leaving." She also enjoys a very tasteless Katharine Hepburn joke whose punchline is, "How do you turn it off?" Her favorite candy is York Peppermint Patties and she always has a knot in the same section of her hair when she wakes up. She lives in Brooklyn with her family a few subway stops from where she grew up.
Like her at www.facebook.com/amysohn, follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amysohn, and visit her at www.amysohn.com.

Customer Reviews

This is quite possibly one of the worst [if not the worst] books I've read.
Bianca
I could have stomached the crude (and incessant) sex scenes if the main character, Ariel, had been the slightest bit sympathetic.
wendy
I think that more than the money, I regret losing every minute of my time that was wasted reading this book.
Pissed off in NYC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read great reviews and read this book in a couple of days, but was somewhat disappointed, expecting something more...the premise was promising, but I couldn't work up much feeling for the character. Talk about self-absorbed, imagining the whole city was aghast over her column? I think not! Unerotic pointless sex scenes, over and over...let me tell you, if you want to read a good book about a single Jewish gal yearning for love and marriage, go to the library and get out "Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York City". A wonderful funny touching novel about a young woman in a New York that is no more, but much better written (not to be confused with a horrible movie by the same name). "Run Catch Kiss" confirms two things, a) that men can put their you know whats in anything and its no more than a sneeze, and b) I am so very glad I'm not a young woman living in New York.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Cavanagh on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It's bad.
Is she trying to be Bridget Jones? Don't know. She should have tried to put together a decent story.
I got it as a gift, so I didn't lose any money. But, I'll never get my time back.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Vacuous, poorly written, and self-indulgent. Don't waste your time or money on this truly stupid book. I'm from New York and I disliked it so much, it's the first book I've ever thrown away.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
There's nothing wrong with novels about twentysomething and thirtysomething dating mores -- in fact, there can be a lot right. Whether it's a boy's life -- see Nick Hornby's High Fidelity -- or a girlie scene -- Hunting and Fishing -- there is a wealth of potential material to be mined, whether for humor and insight.
Not here, however. And not in this book. It's not just that it's a shallow, boring book. It's a lazy book. Sohn probably received a huge advance for a novel, and she basically just sends in a hodge podge of her columns -- dumbing them down in the process. I would have rather she saved the effort and just released an anthology of her New York Press columns, which, though shallow, at least didn't aspire to any kind of deep insight. But in the current form, this novel is -- well, embarrassing. Women talking with pottymouth had its day of novelty five years ago -- when Sex and the City the column first hit, when Liz Phair received critic's plaudits for singing about "$%#^ and Run." Now, it feels forced -- aiming to shock -- aiming to titillate -- and succeeding in neither. Let Sohn wind up in her eventual inevitable destination -- a talking head on "relationships," perhaps post on a late night cable version of The View -- and let fiction remain in the hands of the pros.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Please, oh please, do not waste your time on this book, (I won't even call it a novel). I have read bad books, but this one...not a smile, not one laugh, not one tear, not ANYTHING!!! This book has no emotion at all...I fear she (author) was trying to be oh-so-urban-bitch-of-the-nineties!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I'm afraid that in my opinion (only one person, admittedly) what works wonderfully in a magazine column makes poor book fodder. Though I wanted to look deeper, there was no surface to scratch....because underneath the brash, glitzy exterior of this novel is another surface: It is like a plastic onion in revealing lingerie. Those of you mining for nuggets of hard-won wisdom will probably go without. Some laughs, to be fair, several good ones.... but mostly sighs of boredom. Perhaps this is just the book the author had to get out the way before she could write something more worthy of her talents.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
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I'm all for fluffy books about 20 somethings and their dating disasters, and can accept trashy novels for what they are: fun. But this book is so poorly written, the characters so one dimensional, the plot development similar to that of a 1st graders book report. I couldn't stop reading it because I couldn't believe that such junk had managed to get published. The upside is I'm convinced that I could get my own bad novel published if I really try hard enough. This book is just terrible, no other words to describe it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
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I am so sick of twenty something females being portrayed as desperate sluts. Enough already! Amy Sohn is so concerned with staus that every single character in the novel went to an ivy league school. Give me a break!
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