Objects of My Affection: A Novel

Objects of My Affection: A Novel

by Jill Smolinski
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Objects of My Affection 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Have you ever seen an episode of Hoarders or one of those organizational shows and wonder what really goes on behind the scenes? This book takes you in behind the scenes of a once famous artist and along with the main character, Lucy, we find out how a person can find themselves buried by their belongings. The main plot with a few sub plots were more than entertaining, enough for me to have to fight sleep to finish the book! Lucy was adorable and quirky. I loved her inability to "practice what you preach". She could help Marva remove belongings and find value in people, yet Lucy was struggling through life with blinders on to many of her own personal situations. Even with a few twists that I wish had gone a different way, the writing was simple and sweet which I always find to be enjoyable. A book that I would pass onto a variety of readers, although a chick lit, skeptics to the genre would adore this sweet story about a woman finding value in herself.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
Turning the page on "Objects of My Affection", was a plesant read. This is a sweet story and one that kept me interested from page one until the end. Jill Smolinski's novel brings to the forfront how hoarding wears on relationships and reasons for their desire to put so much empahsis on "things" instead of people. A few other topics discussed in this book; suicide, tough love, healing and homelessness. Looking for a easy, fast read? Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You cant help but be invested in these characters and feel their struggles and triumphs. An easy flow and wonderfully interwoven story of two women both dealing with overcoming something huge-one a hoarder, the other giving up everything to save her son. They have a conflicted relationship at first but watching them slowly buy into one another is heartwarming.A book i couldnt put down!
norway_girl More than 1 year ago
Reading the back cover you wonder if this would be too quirky a topic to which you might sacrifice precious reading hours. Having elderly family members in the past with "issues" prompted my initial interest, but I was very glad I read it. This is not only about hoarding, or clutter collectors, or reorganizing. Everyone could find something that strikes a familiar chord in this book. The character development is wonderful, the flow of the scenes easy, the moral applicable to life in general. I enjoyed it, and recommend it.
Twink More than 1 year ago
Objects of My Affections is author Jill Smolinski's third novel. 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. Relationships of all sorts are explored with an emphasis on mothers and sons. I really enjoyed Lucy's ex boyfriend Daniel. His sense of humour, his caring, giving nature and his honesty made him one of my favourite characters. Nelson, the care nurse was also quite funny. And for reasons I'm not quite sure of, I actually found myself enjoying Marva over Lucy. Marva's crotchety ways actually endeared her to me! But, that's not to say I wasn't cheering for Lucy to succeed. As one of her characters says " it's clear that everything here at one time was worth something to you but that doesn't mean it has to be forever. They're holding you back from the life you could have. Let it go." Smolinski has crafted a warm, funny, sweet read that touches on the question what do we keep in our lives and what do we need to let go? Food for thought.... Recommended summer reading - tuck this one in your beach bag for 2012.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
“ The Art of Keep, Throw, Donate, Organize—Including Life” Thirty-nine yr. old single Mom, Lucy Bloom would give up everything for her beloved Son, Ash. In fact, that’s just what she did. She gave away almost all of her possessions, leaving the barest of necessities, and, even sold her house in order to pay for Ash’s stay in a Florida rehab facility. With no where to go, she bunks in with her Best Friend, Heather and her husband, sleeping on an inflatable mattress with their pre-school daughter Little does Lucy realize how much the book she has written, “Things are Not People” will help to change her life and her perception of it—especially when she is hired by snarky, staid, and serious Will Meier, to secretly organize his Mother’s house. Imagine her surprise, when she discovers his Mother is none other than the famous (and crusty) artist, Marva Meier Rios AND there is a mysterious deadline of May 15th! This seems like an impossible task, especially when Marva’s and Lucy’s worlds collide! Plus, to complicate things further, ex-boyfriend, Daniel wanders back into the picture, adding to the upheaval already created by Lucy’s ungrateful, drug addict son. Ms. Smolinski ‘s story is intense and moving from beginning to end, with some bits of humor throughout. You’ll follow Lucy through discouragement, anger, and denial, and keep cheering this brave soul on, as she has her “Little Engine That Could” attitude in high gear, There is much to be learned from this book—Lucy is right, things are not people. I, myself have equated the two for years. I applaud the Author for such dynamic characters and heart-tugging story line. You don’t want to miss this one—so make space on your bulging bookshelf for it—you won’t be disappointed! Nancy Narma
MTDIVA More than 1 year ago
This review is from: Objects of My Affection: A Novel (Hardcover) This quirky story intertwines the lives of two totally different women. Young Lucy has lost so much, and is pretty much down on her luck when she takes on a job as a cleaner for Marva. Marva is an ecclectic older lady who is a hoarder, and Lucy finds that organizing this home will take a huge effort. As their personalities blend, we are taken into the mind of Marva, who has chosen to keep clutter in an effort to hang onto her past life. The hoarding of clutter is representative of a much deeper issue, and the reader discovers this about Marva. I found this a quick and interesting read, with great character and plot development. Since many of the members of my book club have some hoarding issues, this will be a great book to discuss and relate to! We may even declutter our own lives!! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book! Surprised how many major life topics this novel addressed so smoothly: suicide, drug addiction, hoarding, dating, parental relationships. While none these were in depth or on a serious note the book caused me to think in terms of at least one person I know or knew who suffered as a result of one of topics. The book was a fast read and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story line, great charactors...all of them. Would highly reccommend...great 'chick' book.