Lift and Separate: A Novel

Lift and Separate: A Novel

by Marilyn Simon Rothstein


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Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503940307
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/01/2016
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 200,952
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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Lift and Separate: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
ENTERTAINING! Lift and Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein is quite entertaining! This is the story of Marcy Hammer. Her husband Harvey is the head of a global lingerie empire specializing in brassieres. She’s been married to the King of Brassieres for thirty-three years, reared their three children and met his every need. Her thanks was his affair with a twenty-two year old lingerie model. How does Marcy handle this? Rothstein shows readers how in her wonderful debut novel filled realistic characters who find themselves thrown together because of life changing circumstances and develop long lasting relationships. Marcy herself embodies the true definition of “lift and separate” as she always tries her best to “lift” everyone around her to be the best they can be and to “lift” their spirits and she also learns what it means to “separate” from the only man she has ever loved, from her mother, from her children as they become adults and from her “normal”. This book will make you laugh and make you think.
teachlz More than 1 year ago
Paperback, 304 pages Published December 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing MY REVIEW OF “LIFT AND SEPARATE”: A Novel by Marilyn Simon Rothstein Kudos to Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of “Lift and Separate” for an enjoyable,amusing, and “uplifting” novel. The genres for this novel are Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The timeline of the story is told in the present. The setting for the story is in Connecticut where the main characters live. I really love the delightful way in which the author weaves her tale around the characters. The author describes the colorful characters as complex, complicated, confused, quirky and in a few instances a few cards short of a full deck. Harvey Hammer is the head of a major global brassiere empire, and makes a lucrative living and a comfortable life for his wife Marcy and their three adult children. They have a gorgeous home and the best of everything. So what is wrong, you may ask? Marilyn loves to volunteer and is business minded. She has also been at home with her children and has done the best she can in bringing them up. She gets to have lunch with a close friend, and chat with her older Mom. Marilyn will probably tell you that Harvey is a generous tipper to a fault, and only wants the best of everything. Again, you might wonder what is wrong with this picture? Harvey is not sure what he wants. Harvey did want a well endowed 22 year old model in his lingerie department. Now he isn’t sure if he wants to come home or not. Marcy is hurt and devastated, but does lift herself up, and deal with the problems that life throws her way. There are secrets, and strained friendships, and Marcy’s children have some problems as well. Marilyn Simon Rothstein uses her storytelling ability with wonderful wit and a sense of humor, making this such an emotional, heartwarming and delightful story. I appreciate that the author discusses the importance, of family, friends, loyalty, trust, love, hope, faith and growth. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy Women’s fiction. I really enjoyed this “uplifting novel”. Happy Reading! Share
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
If ever there was a book to make a cheating husband make me lough out loud this was it! Marcy Hammer has been mostly happily married for 33 years and somewhat out of the blue her husband decides to leave the home citing stress and maybe a mistress! Let me first say I don't tend to read books with characters that are a generation before me - I just can't relate and usually can't connect with the character and the things they are experiencing, so I avoid. I chose to review this one because I was intrigued by the synopsis and of course the cover! I am so glad I did! I was laughing out loud and even interrupted my mom reading a few times to share the funny quips by the author - I loved her outlook and hope that I can look at life the way she does. She reminded me that even a stressful time in life you can find laughter. This is a great debut and I will anxiously await her next one!
LRSternfeld More than 1 year ago
This is a well written and honest novel about a woman thrown into crisis and how she is able to rise above it all stronger and morecomplete. The characters were so real to me, especially Marcy Hammer. Each character is so well defined, multifaceted. Having myself been married for 40 years, I have met so many people who have gone through most of the same events in their lives. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a ARC. Linda-Rose
ThoughtsFromaPage More than 1 year ago
Lift and Separate was a terrifically fun and entertaining read. Marcy Hammer’s husband of 33 years, Harvey, informs her that he has been having an affair with a 21-year-old lingerie model. Several weeks after moving out, Harvey decides he wants to return home. Thankfully, Marcy has decided to strike out on her own and make decisions that benefit herself instead of always putting everyone else first. As she makes her way to a new life, Marcy makes new friends and comes to terms with her new life. I truly loved Marcy’s character and all three of her children. I found myself rooting for her from the beginning, and I really enjoyed seeing how she developed as the story unfolded. Marilyn Rothstein’s prose is realistic and very witty. Her writing is wonderful, and she interjects cleverness into numerous scenes such as when the family is leaving a funeral and Jeopardy is on in the background. That was my favorite scene, and I went back and read it several times. I also liked the way her relationship with Candy evolved. I definitely recommend Lift and Separate. Thanks to TLC Tours and the publisher for the chance to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
Favorite Quotes: Michael the Premed was my college boyfriend. He owned one pair of jeans ripped at the knee, played Frisbee on the quad, and ate whole overly ripe cucumbers while walking his pet hamster, King George, on a leash. He was mine from spring of freshman year until January of junior year, when he scored an A in organic chemistry. That day, when I brought a celebratory jug of sangria to his dorm room, I noticed a diaphragm in a pink case on his university-issued dresser. I confronted him, eyeball to eyeball, diaphragm in hand. And that was the last time I ever trusted a guy who walked a rodent with the name of a king. I’m an only child… And that was poor planning. If my parents were both going to be sick at once, they should have had more children. I waited my turn as a broad woman in front of me placed her order. She was wearing red pants adorned with minuscule pink whales, a canvas belt with dolphins, and a pink polo shirt with a goldfish logo. Personally, I thought, when I’m dressing, I never mix fish. My father had requested that his body be donated to the Yale school of Medicine, making Dad the first person in my family to go to the Ivy League. My eyes darted to the top of his head. Harvey had hair- a toupee perched on his skull as though it belonged almost anywhere else. I vowed not to ask what he fed it. My Review: Lift and Separate was superb, impressive, divine, slyly amusing, and smartly written. Ms. Rothstein is a skilled and crafty wordsmith who made magic on the page. I could only find just this one marvelous book listed for my new favorite mega-talented author, which greatly disappointed and distressed me as I greedily hoped to find a long list of similar treasures to add to my reading calendar. Her writing sparkled with clever humor, keen observations, and witty insights. I remained thoroughly engaged with her deftly written narration from page one to the very last word. I adored this story and reveled in Marcy’s evolution, and now feel a bit adrift and at a loss from having to disengage from her tale, as I so enjoyed being in her head. More please Ms. Rothstein, and soon!