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on 22 January 2013
Harrison Hanafan is a plastic surgeon living in New York. On Christmas Eve he slips on the ice and is picked up and put into a cab by Mimi. Until recently, Harrison had spent several years with rich arts administrator and animal lover Gertrude and, without realising it, had become dissatisfied with his life. Mimi is large and brash, gregarious and self assured and she bursts into Harrison's existence and turns it upside down.
This then is a love story, but it is also more than that. It is life affirming and, in many ways, not just a feminist novel but a tale of the women in Harrison's life: not only Gertrude and Mimi, but his mother and his beloved sister, Bee. Like many truly funny books, it is also (and often) unbearably poignant - dealing with real issues of why women are so often uncomfortable with how they look, domestic violence and even the role of the media. Harrison is a man who aims to create physical perfection in his profession, but finds that love is accepting and non judgemental.
Much of this novel can be a little overwhelming and you feel swept along on a tide which almost resembles a rant. "The woman was unstoppable. She was glorious!" declares Harrison of Mimi. That really sums up the whole book - but if you relax and simply go along for the ride, you will find this a vibrant and entrancing story. There is much to enjoy and a lot to discuss - this would be wonderful for book groups and has made me want to go and explore more by this author.