Evening star, you bring all things which
the evening star has scattered: you bring the sheep, you
bring the goat, you bring the child back to its mother.
Sappho, 612 B.C.
A child left behind, abandoned, in a Newark, New Jersey dental
office, a thirty-five-year old dentist who brings her home, his
chronically depressed wife who wants to make the child her own,
the child’s birth mother, and her search for Mimi. In Saving
Mimi, human emotion trumps logic and “doing the right thing”
sometimes means bending the rules. This is a story about
ordinary people acting in extraordinary ways. The catalyst, an
abandoned little girl, sets into motion a chain of events that
keeps the reader wondering what will happen next and whether the
tangled web of human interaction can ever be resolved. In the
end, it is not only the resolution of this urban tale that
matters, but what is learned by the characters—and the
reader—along the way. Saving Mimi is a literary
journey we would all do well to undertake, for it chronicles the
unpredictable complexity of human emotion in a fresh light and
celebrates our underlying capacity for love and compassion.