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Marrying Mom Hardcover – November 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060186526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060186524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,387,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Goldsmith has hit a triple: in addition to the movie based on The First Wives Club and her recent novel, Bestseller, bruiting her name, she will have this funny, schmaltzy fairytale-cum-sitcom in the stores in time for the holidays. "Mom" is Phyllis Geronomus, a wisecracking 69-year-old widow who decides to leave Florida and return to Manhattan to help her grown children make something of their lives. The trouble is that her kids greet her arrival as they would a plague of locusts. Stockbroker Sigourney, nee Susan, unmarried at 40, has a sagging client list and is about to lose her elegant apartment overlooking Central Park. Entrepreneur Bruce, now out of the closet, fears his line of gay greeting cards is about to expire. Obese Sharon is married to a chronically unemployed loser. Domineering Mom will surely drive each of them over the edge. Their solution: to give Phyllis a makeover and a shopping session at Bergdorfs, put her up at the Pierre and take her to a charity ball where she can meet a rich old geezer who will both marry her and save her kids from financial ruin. The premise is pure TV farce, fueled by Goldsmith's clever dialogue and acerbic one-liners. Her takes on the relationships between parents (especially Jewish parents) and their children, and between the bickering siblings themselves, are on-target. Through events that escalate from the ridiculous to the preposterous, Goldsmith steers the principals to an ultra-happy ending and an inescapable conclusion: all families are dysfunctional, but every dysfunctional family is wacky in its own way. $175,000 ad/promo; film rights to Paramount.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

You can't expect authors to come up with a hit every time. You also wouldn't expect utter nonsense after such a well-researched, full-bodied novel as The Bestseller. It seems that HarperCollins pushed Goldsmith to complete her next novel so that its release would coincide with the release of the movie First Wives Club, adapted from her 1992 novel. Marrying Mom features saucy Phyllis, a retired New Yorker living in Miami, bored out of her wits now that her husband Ira has passed on--not that he was any barrel of laughs, as Phyllis continually points out. When she announces that she's moving back to New York to be with her three children, she purposely does not tell them because she knows how little she is missed. She wants to make up for the lack of attention she gave them when they were young. Poor mothering skills should not be blamed for creating these three whiny brats, though. Sig is lonely and living extravagantly on dwindling resources, Bruce is a gay man with bad business sense who cannot forgive his mother for anything, and Sharon is fat and miserable with two bratty kids and a lazy husband. There is really no one to like here, except perhaps the old guys the kids continually try to fix up with their mother. Mary Frances Wilkens

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The whole situation was too unreal for me!!!
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Didn't put this book down 'til I read the last word in it (yes I read it all at once) and was realy upset because it ended so fast!
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It's wickedly funny and very easy to read and enjoy.
William Felty

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cori on May 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was one of a kind. It kept me interested the WHOLE time. There was never a point where I got bored with the story line, or the characters, although they were a little undeveloped. The plot was somewhat unrealistic, pretty corny, and the characters were slightly crazy. The characters just seemed like they had maybe two descriptions and that was it. Although I have to give it to the author, it was HILARIOUS! It is about three grown up kids who have lived on their own and have begun to produce a life for themselves. They discover that good old widowed mom wants to make a surprise visit, and permanent stay in New York, with the kids. Of course the kids do not want their insane, and nosey mother in their lives anymore, so they kids set up Operation Geezer Quest, to marry mom off. Their focus is an old, rich, and probably insane man for her to marry. Then hopefully through the process, they can marry her off fast enough that her new hubby can give the kids more then plenty of money to set them straight for their entire lives! Throughout the many men the mother dates, the family becomes closer and closer together. The one thing that disappointed me about this book was the ending. It seemed so abrupt and totally expected from the very start. Yet, it is a great little slice of heaven when you just want a book to read to have a break from reality!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simonetta Cavilli on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I certainly didn't enjoy this as much as I did Bestseller or Young Wives Club, but it was still an ok read. This is a story about 3 siblings who are not very impressed that their widowed mum is leaving Florida and coming to live with them in NY. She is loud, brash, aggressive, strong-minded and always sticks her nose into places where they don't belong. The three decide to set up Operation Geezer Quest, a plan to get their mum to marry and old, rich man so she can be looked after..well away from them. Basically, the story goes on about how this mission is accomplished but at the same time bringing the family closer together.
It is quite a funny book and it is short so you can finish it in one sitting. It is entertaining and cleverly written but it is nowhere near as good as other Goldsmith's books - still a good book to read if you have a few hours to kill.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Felty on November 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderfully delicious read, sheer fun from beginning to end. So what if the "Mom" of the title is a real pain in the butt? So what if her adult children are three totally neurotic, self-obsessed New Yorkers? So what if none of them have the exact idea of what Christmas is all about? It's delightful fun to watch them interact in the month before Christmas when "Mom" decides she's tired of Florida and decides she wants to move north to be with the kids. None of them can imagine living within 1000 miles of her, of course. It's fun to watch their crazed scheme of marrying her off to the first available old man they can find. It's wickedly funny and very easy to read and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this fun little book. A serious reader could be finished with it in a sitting or two. The characters and dialogue are truly entertaining. Another similar book from a few years back is Murdering Mr. Monty, I think its by Judith Viorst. Same silly premise. I told my mom about Operation Geezer Quest and she couldn't wait to read the book. Imagine your daughter named Susan who changes it to Sigourney, another daughter married to the slob of the century and your gay son in the dirty greeting card business, all with financial troubles. Unfortunately, all the stories turn out way too perfect at the end. There needed to be someone miserable and unhappy, maybe with hope, but miserable just the same, so that we could all identify even more. Thanks for the fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on January 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is not Goldsmith's best book ~~ but it's really fun and cute. It's a light read ~~ something that is humourous and quick ~~ perfect reading for when you don't want to think or concentrate on heavy reading.
Three siblings, Bruce, Sig, and Sharon are horrorified that their mother, Phyllis is moving back to New York from Florida. They didn't want their mom back in their lives ~~ meddling and interfering. Each one of them are facing personal and professional woes in their lives ~~ Sharon is trapped in an unhappy marriage with an unemployed husband and two children. Bruce cannot get his gay greeting card business off the ground. Sig is losing clients in her stockbroking business and is contemplating selling her house and prized emerald ring. Then Phyllis decides to move back and that is when chaos hit. Desperate to get their mom off their hands, the siblings decided to marry mom off to a rich old geezer.
And there were surprises and revelations for each of them throughout the hilarious and funny novel. It's really cute and Olivia did a great job portraying senior citizens who still have sexual desires and act on them.
It's a cute book and while not the greatest, I wouldn't recommend this one to the trash heap either.
1-12-04
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
Marrying Mom took me all of one day to read. I just could not put it down. The characters were so real and the plot was just hysterical. If your stuck in the house or feeling blue, this is most definitely the book to get you laughing again.
Olivia, keep up the good work!
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