Marilyn Simon Rothstein comes to the blog today with a story about finding yourself and redefining a life, even as everyone has ways that they think you should behave. Please read on for my review of
Husbands and Other Sharp Objects
There are few stories that state they are heartwarming and hilarious in the blurb, and then turn out to be just that. This is the exception: from snarky moments that are laugh out loud funny and wholly inappropriate to the moment, to a general sense of a heroine who has always used her humor to release tension and move a difficult moment forward in Marcy, this story kept me laughing and cheering her on.
After some 30 years of marriage to Harvey, the Bosom king, she’s discovered his infidelity with a woman younger enough to be his daughter. He strayed – so he’s got to be the one who files for divorce – and this has caused her no end of issues. Sure, she’s now got a job that she loves and friends who have been there through much of her life: but her kids, Amanda, Elizabeth and Ben all seem to be siding with Dad, and she feels that guilt keenly. Yes, there is hope for her in the form of Jon, a professor and artist who is, possibly, the nicest man around.
But drama (above and beyond normal life stuff) rears its ugly head. Marcy’s mother, now dead, still talks to her regularly, Marcy isn’t sure just how to move forward in her new role where she actually can make her own decisions unlike subjugating her wants to Harvey’s, and her daughter, Amanda, has been in Connecticut frequently to see her fiance and her father, all without sharing this with her mother. Soon she turns into the Bridezilla of the century, with a soon to be mother in law with a criminal record and a severe case of kleptomania. Add to this, her friend’s uterine cancer and the worries for her health – oh and other things…..
“I am grateful. But vaginal dryness is problematic. It can be devastating.” It was certainly at the top of my concerns. Right after “I can’t get this jar of applesauce open.”
From moment to moment, Marcy is discovering her likes and dislikes, and becoming more sure of herself and what she will and won’t accept. Slowly she starts to declare herself and divest herself of things that don’t fit: from moving house, refusing to allow Harvey another chance, and finding a way to be seen as a person in her children’s eyes – not just a Mum. The writing allows readers to follow Marcy on her journey: the good moments, the bad ones and even those quiet moments of reflection that feel so plausible and natural that she’s someone you want to hang out with. From the first page to the last, Marcy’s growth is palpable and you’ll enjoy (and perhaps relate to) her confusion, her coping mechanisms and even her never ending ability to put a brighter face on things.
Title: Husbands and Other Sharp Objects
Author: Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Humor elements, Small Town
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Published on: 6 March, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 45 minutes
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A heartwarming, hilarious novel for anyone who has ever had a family, from the author of Lift and Separate.
After a lifetime of marriage, Marcy Hammer is ready to get herself unhitched—just as everyone else in her life is looking for a commitment. Her new boyfriend, Jon, wants to get serious, and her soon-to-be ex-husband, Harvey, is desperate to get back together. When her headstrong daughter announces a secret engagement to Harvey’s attorney, Marcy finds herself planning her daughter’s wedding as she plans her own divorce.
Now with two huge events on the horizon, the indomitable Marcy soon realizes that there’s nothing like a wedding to bring out the worst in everybody. From petty skirmishes over an ever-growing guest list to awkward confrontations with her sticky-fingered new in-laws, pulling off the wedding is going to be a challenge; seeing her divorce through is going to be a trial. And trying to make everyone happy might prove to be impossible—because in the end, Marcy alone must make a choice between something old and something new.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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