Husbands and Other Sharp Objects: A Novel

Husbands and Other Sharp Objects: A Novel

by Marilyn Simon Rothstein


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477823828
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 273,750
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award presented by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association for Outstanding Debut. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is her second novel.

Marilyn grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, married a man she met in an elevator, and owned an advertising agency for more than twenty-five years. Marilyn received an MA in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and an MA in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut. She enjoys speaking at book festivals and community events.

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Husbands and Other Sharp Objects: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MicheleJ More than 1 year ago
Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is filled with witty humor and a light-hearted storyline. Recently separated Marcy is sassy, hysterical, and straightforward, making her a very likable character for me. Some of the supporting characters were a little over the top, but I think that’s what the author was aiming for. With a plot filled with family drama and antics as well as laugh out loud humor, I think you will find this story both entertaining and relatable. This book would be a great one to pick up in between more intense reads when you just need a little break from some heavy content. After reading this, I have no doubt that I would get along with and love Marilyn Simon Rothstein because I have to imagine she is one hilarious woman! Additionally, I did not realize that this is a sequel to Rothstein’s Lift and Separate. While I wasn’t confused by plot or characters even though I did not read the first book, I’d recommend reading Lift and Separate first if you would like to gain more insight into the life of Marcy and her family. Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours and Marilyn Simon Rothstein for my copy of Husbands and Other Sharp Objects. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Holly More than 1 year ago
I so wasn't expecting this book to be a laugh out loud kind of read and it was a much appreciated read inbetween all those thrillers that I have been reading lately! Marcy Hammer is finally ready to take that step to get unhitched from her soon to be ex-husband but nothing is going as planned. With her daughter springing a wedding onto her to having her friends deal with life-changing issues and even having her new boyfriend wanting to take the next step in their relationship, Marcy soon realizes that needs to finally do something for herself that was much needed in all the chaos. It's not until the wedding that it all comes to a head and she finally realizes what was meant to be in the stunning conclusion to this hilarious read about family and how far you would go for them! I can't spoil too much about this book but I can promise that you will be laughing to the point that if you read past your bedtime, it just might wake your own family up due to what is happening during certain points of the story! I haven't had a book make me laugh so much in a long time, I had to stop reading it at one point due to the simple fact that I couldn't risk waking up my family. The only part I couldn't stand in the beginning was how Marcy was just letting everyone walk all over her and I think that's why her daughters were being little spoiled little brats when she tried to introduce her new man into the mix. Even though that ending could have ended worse for everyone, it had to take something like a major health scare to make everyone realize what is at stake for everyone's futures including Marcy herself. Just on a little side note, this would make for a excellent comedy that will have everyone laughing in the movie theaters!! Thank You to Marilyn Simon Rothstein for this read that made me want to see what other kind LOL books you have for those moments that I need a read that will brighten my days!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from Suzy Approved Book Tours!
Littlebookpage More than 1 year ago
Ever feel like you would love to be friends with an author and her characters after reading their book? I would be happy to share pizza and ice cream with Marilyn Simon Rothstein and the lovable Marcy Hammer! I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of Marcy's story in Lift and Separate and book 2 did not disappoint where Marcy Hammer, Queen (soon to be ex) to the King of Brassiere's and Bosoms, begins to navigate her new life as a single woman and mother to 3 grown children. New friends and old, love gained and love lost, weddings and babies, this book has it all! I adored Marcy's strength, her humor, and grit in the face of some of life's toughest situations. Husbands and Other Sharp Objects is hilariously realistic where even the cheating, soon to be -EX husband, is likeable! * This book is better having read Lift and Separate first but I think it could be enjoyable as a stand alone as well.
martha_martisima More than 1 year ago
You don't have to read Marilyn Simon Rothstein's Lift and Separate to understand and appreciate this sequel. But I had thoroughly enjoyed that novel, so I was eager to read Husbands and Other Sharp Objects. As soon as I began reading, I found it to be a lighthouse, shining on all that makes us love and live, and, with its bright light, reminding us to laugh whenever we can — as well as to grieve and to worry when necessary. The very first scene sets the tone for the rest of the novel, as we enter the world of the narrator, Marcy Hammer. She has been a shadow for a long time, and has just started to find out who she really is. We follow her as we learn about the vicissitudes in her current state of life, which she tells with a dose of humor that goes from a chuckle to an outright laughter. She is basically a worrier, and her narration of all the stages in her life is always revealing. The humor is based not only on plays on words but also on descriptions of people and places, on her thoughts, on what she wants to say but doesn’t — and we still read it. However, it is not all a bed of roses for Marcy. She learns how to deal with all the obstacles she finds on her way, slowly but surely. The secondary characters are also perfectly described, and we get to know them all well enough to remember them. They add another dimension to the story, and help us understand Marcy better. We root for her, together with her friends, and share her happiness as well as her second chances. I felt like urging her to take them right away, as she deserves them! I could give examples here, but it will be much better for you to read this novel. Then, you’ll thank me — as well as Marcy and Marilyn Simon Rothstein.
bookgal1 More than 1 year ago
A delightful story about a woman who doesn’t let life and its nastier surprises keep her down, but instead embraces change. Marcy is witty and hilarious, feisty and tenacious, and I love that she figures out how to live her own best life in spite of what others think and advise. The inclusion of her deceased mother’s voice in her head is brilliant! I laughed out loud many times. If you like books with witty, relatable, strong female leads, you’ll enjoy this one. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my review copy. All opinions are my own.
JodieD More than 1 year ago
This was such a fun read! Marcy Hammer is separated from her cheating husband, she has a new boyfriend, and she’s dealing with her bridezilla daughter. To top it all off, her daughter’s future mother-in-law has “sticky fingers.” The book was humorous and light-hearted, but it also addresses real issues (divorce, the stress of planning a wedding, medical emergencies). I had read the first book, Lift and Separate so I already knew Marcy’s backstory- while I would recommend reading both books (because they are both great!) you could read this book by itself and still know what’s going on. I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.
KerryACroucier More than 1 year ago
Entertaining! Husband's and Other Sharp Objects is my first encounter with Marilyn Simon Rothstein's work, and this, her sophmore work, had me in stitches. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Marcy was such an unlikely heroine. Up until earlier this year, Marcy was married, she thought happily, when her husband came out with his affair, she started to realize that her life wasn't all it could be. She has moved on and created her own life, responsible for no one but herself and has realized how much she likes it. When her not-quite-ex decides that he wants her back, Marcy has to decide whether she wants her future, or to step back into the past. This is a fun look at family, friends, and finding a new path. I really enjoyed Marcy and her friends, was ready to strangle Amanda...seriously? and where can we find someone like Jon? Going through Marcy's life through her eyes, with her thoughts and comments was thouroughly entertaining. I really enjoyed Marcy, and her supporting cast was icing on the proverbial cake.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
“What was Marriage, but a roll of the dice, a naive leap of faith?” Just loved and really enjoyed this novel. It is laugh out loud funny, and yet; there were times when I found myself teary. Please read it! You will love the writing and quick flo of this story!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Husbands and Other Sharp Objects” by Marilyn Simon Rothstein OMG!! WOW!! Kudos to Marilyn Simon Rothstein , Author of “Husbands and Other Sharp Objects” for such a witty, humorous, heartwarming, entertaining and wonderful story. I had my inhaler on hand, since I have found that Marilyn Simon Rothstein in my humble opinion is the “Queen of Humor” I laughed so much that I cried, and did have to use my inhaler. “Husbands and Other Sharp Objects” is the book that follows “Lift and Separate”, also by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. This can be read as a stand alone, but both books are just so enjoyable. The Genres for this book are Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Humor. Marilyn Simon Rothstein describes her colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated, quirky, dysfunctional, and mostly likable. There are some character that are a few cards short of a deck, and that makes this story more delicious. I love the way Marilyn weaves the storyline and the characters together. The question is to commit or not commit. Marcy Hammer is now separated from her husband Harvey, the head of a global brassiere company. Harvey is now expanding into men’s briefs, and business looks really good. Harvey is really apologetic and sorry for his past mistakes, and wants Marcy back. Marcy is content in a new job, and even has a boyfriend that really makes her happy. Jon, would like more of a commitment, but Marcy is not divorced yet. Marcy has some wonderful friends that offer emotional support. So everything is going well in Marcy’s life? What more could you ask for? It seems Marcy’s youngest daughter Amanda is getting engaged to Harvey’s attorney. Amanda’s future mother in law has some annoying issues. Suddenly Amanda has turned into “Bridezilla” and the wedding planning and choices are getting stranger. This event looks like it will be “The Wedding from Hell”, if Amanda’s older sister and brother are still speaking to her. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance of family, friendship, friends, loyalty, love and hope. I would highly recommend this charming, delightful, humorous novel for those readers that enjoy Women’s Fiction and Humor. I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this novel from NetGalley for my honest review.