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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (October 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440509238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440509233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Margolis's last roll in the hay was Neurotica (LJ 7/15/99), a funny, sexy British romp which is exactly what she delivers again here. Rachel Katz is finally trying her hand at stand-up comedy and working as a maid for rich folks to pay the bills. She's trying to decide whether she wants to marry her boyfriend, the boring but ever-stable dentist, and working up the guts to enter a big comedy contest. Suddenly, Rachel's life is thrown into chaos when she trades sparks with Matt, the washing-machine repairman. He's definitely sexy, not at all boring, and understands all her jokes, of which there are many. What will Rachel do? Enjoy the ride with Rachel's funny parents, gay ex-husband, Barbra Streisand-obsessed ten-year-old son, and kooky friends. With a stand-up comic main character, Margolis is able to keep the witty one-liners spraying like bullets. Light, fun, and a bit silly; recommended for public libraries. Beth Gibbs, formerly with P.L. of Charlotte & Mecklenburg Cty., NC
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Rachel Katz is devotedly pursuing a second career as a stand-up comic, much to the chagrin of her parents and her fiance, Adam. To support herself and her 10-year-old son, Sam, Rachel works as a cleaning lady for an eccentric couple who claim to be descendants of Karl Marx. Into Rachel's seemingly organized life walks Matt Clapton, a sexy washing machine repairman. With pressure from Adam and her mother, Faye, to set a wedding date, a distraction like Matt is the last thing she needs. But as she begins to see more of Matt, Rachel finds herself in bed, and possibly in love, with him. Meanwhile, Adam has taken off to South Africa for a month and may be having an affair of his own. As Rachel prepares to enter a comedy contest that could bring her the fame and success she's worked so hard for, she finds herself forced to choose between Matt and Adam. Rachel is a first-rate comic, and this delightful novel is filled with more than a few big laughs. Kristine Huntley
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More About the Author

Sue Margolis is the author of nine books, which have more than half a million copies in print from Bantam Dell. She lives in England, where she's at work on her next novel.

Visit Sue Margolis' website at www.suemargolis.com

Customer Reviews

I bet that everyone can sympathize with at least one situation in this book.
I thought it was a great book, and any one who wants to read a light hearted romance is in for a treat with spin cycle.
Katie Runciman
Scene after scene feels like it was intended for a Seinfeld-esque sitcom but ended up on the cutting room floor.
Carol S.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tracey A. Nettell on October 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This very funny book is the story of Rachel, a journalist-turned-standup comic who is engaged to an extremely uptight dentist, whose ex-husband left her for a male Estee Lauder rep, whose 10 year old son has a bizarre passion for Barbra Streisand, whose employers are rather eccentric members of London's glitterati, whose mother appears to be having a fling with a toy boy ... well, anyway, she has lots going on in her life. And then comes the washing machine repair man who adds an entirely new and rather steamy dimension to her life! This is a fun read with lots going on and tons of colourful characters to keep the reader entertained. I loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on November 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
If you like your books funny, sexy, saucy, naughty and fun, set your sights on Sue Margolis's newest offer, Spin Cycle. It has all these elements plus some, and sends readers on a riotous, raunchy ride.
Spin Cycle tells the story of budding stand-up comic, Rachel Katz. She's had all sorts of problems: her husband is gay, her fiance is a compulsive neat-freak dentist, her 10-year-old son has an unnatural obsession with Barbra Streisand, and her mother is acting in a most unlikely way. On the plus side, she has her comedy; her bohemian pregnant friend, Shelley; and her job cleaning house for oddcouple of the year, celebrities Otto and Xantia Marx. Enter Matt Clapton. When the Marx's washing machine goes on the blink, sexy repairman Matt comes to the rescue. Suddenly, Rachel finds herself in quite a predicament -- if her fiance is off working in South Africa for a month, is it okay to indulge herself in matters of a sexual nature? Especially since her fiance hasn't given her the time of day in weeks?
I really enjoyed this book. It has some good humor, although not necessarily knee-slapping. The stand-up comedy bits are funny, though, and I spent many moments reciting the jokes to my husband in my best stand-up comedian voice. I will admit to the storyline being tied up too neatly, and it is horribly predictable, but for readers who don't mind such things, Spin Cycle will be another great novel on your bookshelf.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on October 29, 2001
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This isn't the side-splitting laughter book I expected like her first book, Neurotica, but it is funny, sweet, erotic and just plainly delightful!!
Rachel, a struggling stand-up comedian, was in the midst of a so-so relationship with a dentist when she met Matt, the washing machine repairman. And the story takes off from there, with parents whom she suspects are swingers in their "old age," an ex-husband who left her for another man, a son who is wildly in love with Barbra Streisland, a comedy competition that soured because someone stole her material .... and falling in love with Matt. It is an entertaining love story ... one that will linger in your mind after reading it.
Sue Margolis is known for her racy books injected with British humor, and this book doesn't disappoint!! I can't wait to read more of her books!! She is one British author I am keeping on the top of my list. If it's a gray and rainy day outside, then I'll be sure to pick up one of her books ~~ she's entertaining enough to keep the blahs away for a few hours!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carissa on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Spin Cycle, by Sue Margolis, was one of the most realistic and relate-able books that I have ever read. It had a good mixture of comedy, romance and real life obstacles in it. Rachel Katz, the main character, is a comedian who struggles with her career, her mother, her unfaithful boyfriend, her gay ex-husband and her Barbara Streisand obsessed son. She endures many obstacles with grace and comedy, however, her world is spun around by the washing machine repairman. He brings in the perfect balance of romance that she has needed in her chaotic life. Rachel, being a comedian, brings in many memorable and belly-aching moments which make this book all the better.
As you read you will find your self flustered with everyone who surrounds Rachel and blushing at the romance she encounters. Whoever said there is no such thing as the perfect guy obviously never met Matt, the washing machine repair man, who sweeps Rachel (and yourself for that matter) off her feet. This romance was just the touch needed to make this book perfect. With the right amount of comedy, the perfect measure of romance and the right balance of realistic everyday encounters there is no way this could be an off balance load.
For the first time in a long time I was actually able to keep interest in a book and not put it down until it was through. As soon as I reached its end I went out and bought another Sue Margolis book, Neurotica. I was thoroughly disappointed to be finished with Spin Cycle, as I was left with no bedtime reading material but I am hoping this new one will fill the void.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melinda on October 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
Spin Cycle, by Sue Margolis, is one of the funniest books that I have read. It had romance, comedy, and real life obstacles of Rachel Katz, the main character. She is a comedian which everyone but herself thinks is a bad profession for her. She has a gay ex husband, an uptight fiance, and a son who is in love with Barbara Streisand. And her mother busy planning a wedding that Rachel isn't sure she wants. But then she meets the washing machine repairman who she believes is too good to be true. He sweeps her off her feet, and makes her feel like a real woman which she hasn't felt in a long time. She's a comedian so a lot of her performances relate to her everyday life and her sex life which is practically non existent. To top it all off, her mother has a secret! Does she fall in love with the repairman? It's quite predictable. Does Rachel prove to everyone that she can be successful in the comedy business? Of course things go her way, she enters a comedy contest which can put her on the map, and change her life forever. A typical happily ever after ending with everything working out.
I enjoyed this book, it kept me reading and reading, I couldn't put it down! The way she describes her characters and all their actions makes it interesting and wants you to read more and more.
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