Mimi by Lucy Ellmann - review by Suzi Feay

Suzi Feay

A Canterbury Tale

Mimi

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Harrison Hanafan likes compiling lists. He lists his extensive cartoon collection: Alvin and the Chipmunks, Betty Boop, Bugs Bunny, the list goes on. He lists the reasons why he split up with his appalling heiress ex, Gertrude: ‘REASON NO. 2: Those teeth! … REASON NO. 5: Embroidery.’ He lists his imaginary inventions: ‘Music Pills … Swallow a sonata or two. Mozart lozenges.’ He lists things that make him melancholy: ‘continuous cloud cover … balloon animals … Velcro.’ He even lists his new girlfriend’s ‘hot flashes’, along with their probable causes. 

The hot and bothered new squeeze is Mimi, who hoists him to his feet after he slips on ice in New York on Christmas Eve 2010. He is not immediately attracted to this ‘plump middle-aged gal with brown eyes, and brown curls poking out of her Eskimo hood’. Harrison is

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