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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
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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delta (October 9, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440509238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440509233
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tracey A. Nettell on October 22, 2001
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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 10 people found the following review helpful By Dianna Setterfield on November 18, 2002
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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 10 people found the following review helpful By rebelmomof2 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol S. VINE VOICE on August 9, 2002
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When my life feels more stressful than usual, I often reach for some lightweight, screwball romantic fiction as a distraction. No Oprah-dysfunction-angst, no complicated plots, just some escapism and a couple of laughs. "Spin Cycle" didn't meet even my minimal expectations. The author managed to put together a more clever bedroom farce in "Neurotica," a previous book, and many of the same themes are recycled in "Spin Cycle" (spunky Jewish gal with high-maintenance mother, steady relationship going lukewarm in the bedroom, infidelity). Lead character Rachel is a London stand-up comic in a steady relationship with compulsively-clean dentist Adam, but when their sex life fizzles, she finds herself drawn to Matt, who has come to fix the washing machine. Will Rachel realize she is truly in love with the Maytag repairman? Will she win the stand-up comedian contest and prove to everyone that she can make a living doing what she loves?
Margolis tries so hard to be funny and hip and snarky, but her parade of one-liners is just no substitute for good writing. Her characters lack any depth and are stereotypes of themselves; the plot is held together by ridiculous and contrived coincidence; and the graphic sex scenes just seem a little too bodice-ripper for a book aiming for the urban hipster crowd. Scene after scene feels like it was intended for a Seinfeld-esque sitcom but ended up on the cutting room floor. For me, an insurmountable flaw in a book is self-consciousness; if the book doesn't engage me, make me care about the characters and make me care what happens to them, well, why bother? And that says it all about "Spin Cycle": why bother?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Noelle K. Snow on May 7, 2003
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This book was cute, and a few parts did have me laughing out loud, even if some of the english slang was challenging to follow. I also agree with another reviewer's warning about some of the "steamy" sections - you may not want to be reading those on the train commuting home from work! Unfortunately many times it felt like Ms. Margolis was trying too hard (calling Matt her "Rinse Charming"?!?! or "I think you've found my Hotpoint" UGH!! Enough of the washing machine gags!) That disappointed me and the ending seemed awfully pat, but it was an nice quick read. I'll still give Neurotica a try, but I would recommend "Bridget Jones' Diary" over "Spincycle" any day.
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