- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: May 4, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080DRBNS
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What happens when these two meet and try to work together is a wonderful, funny, sad and meaningful story called Objects of My Affection. Marva has a house full of "things. Mostly worth tons of cash and she does NOT want to part with them. Movie trivia, statues, her own paintings worth millions, etc., etc., etc. Her son hires Lucy, author of a book on organization titled Things are Not People, to get around Marva and have the house clean and empty by May 15th. The date is decided by Marva as it is her 65th birthday.
She has acquired a lot in 65 years, neighbors have no idea because it's all inside - there are paths to rooms. Hoarder? Possibly but there seems to be a reasons in there someplace and it's up to Lucy to find it. Marva is a bitch. No holds barred, says what she thinks, calls in the middle of the night......Lucy is trying to find common ground where there is only trash. Marva's son may hate her and we know from his phone calls that Lucy's son feels the same about her.
How the trash becomes treasure and two women from opposite sides of the universe bond together is the stuff of a great novel. And it's right here between the covers of Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinksi.
I always enjoy looking at covers first, imagining what the story inside will be. Moving on and lots of baggage? And I wasn't far off.......
Lucy Bloom (loved the name) has seriously downsized - in fact she's sold just about everything she owned, including her house. Why? Well, her son Ash is an addict and she finally got him to go to a rehab, but needed the money to finance it.
Lucy had mild success with her initial book Things Are Not People - an organizational and de-cluttering guide. That book has gotten her an interview with Will Meier. He's the son of reclusive (and difficult) artist Marva Meier Rios and there is a deadline for clearing out the clutter in the house. Lucy lands the job, but what she finds is more than simple clutter - Marva's home could be featured on one of those television shows about hoarding. There's a deadline to meet and Marva isn't going to make it easy - she needs to look at each and every item before a decision is made.
The cover of Objects of My Affection immediately brings chick lit to mind. And yes it is, but the story is much more than that. There needs to a be another genre heading - Chick Lit with Heart, Chick Lit with More? Something along those lines. For while Smolinski's book is light and breezy and does include the requisite hunky guy and missed meanings and connections, there's more to the story.
Jill handles some serious situations and topics with thoughtfulness and candor. Hoarding of course, which usually involves an underlying catalyst not dealt with. And the opposite - Lucy herself is able to let things go with no problem. I thought that Ash's drug use and Lucy's struggle to deal with it was done very well - it read as quite real.Read more ›
If you know me or you've read any of my other reviews, you will know I like "chick-lit"-well, this book satisfied that requirement for me, but was so much more. One part love story, one part mystery, one part self-help (and humor to boot!),this was a story that tackled a few serious problems--hoarding & substance abuse--and gave the reader pause to consider the items--physical or mental--that might be holding her back in her own life, but also left her with a sense of inspiration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought Objects of My Affection was a very good fun read. The story about a stone cold broke single mother who has sold everything she had to put her teenage son in rehab and in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandypo
Found this little gem in the library the other day and was in the mood to take a break from the psychological thriller binge that I've been on lately. So glad I picked this one up! Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Robison
Lucy and Myra's lives are both a mess. Lucy desperately needs the job helping Myra clean up her hoarded home since she has been laid off from her job and sold her home in order to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Carol Palmer
I didn't expect this to be a "deep" novel when I read it, but it's one of those books where I just eye rolled on every page. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by LindaLu
The subject of hoarding was interesting and the main character's job as an "organizer" was woven into the story well. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by V.L. Mason
Wasn't sure how I was going to like this book when I first bought it, but now I tell everyone about it I loved it so much!! It's SO well written. Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by S. mehta
Good read enjoyed it very much. Nice and relaxing story and I read in less than a week which I usually only have time to read one or two chapters in a day. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Rose kabase
It started slow for me and then I got hooked. Liked the contrasting messages, meanings and metaphors for life in the story.Published on July 6, 2013 by Antonia P Korby
The author has quirky sense of humor that lightens the entire book. Enjoyed the tips for de-cluttering. She had good insight on self-awareness and self-responsibility.Published on June 30, 2013 by Dana J. Oleary