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A heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship amid love, loss, and lingerie
In the basement of her Brooklyn apartment, Sima Goldner welcomes women of all shapes and sizes with warmth, acceptance-and a bra that gives them the support and lift they need. But Sima, regretfully childless at sixty, and harboring a secret that has embittered her marriage, can't seem to do the same for herself. Then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, arrives in search of a demi-cup and stays on to become the shop's seamstress. As they laugh, gossip, and sell lingerie, Sima finds herself awakening to hope and the possibility of happiness in this beguiling story of New York's underground sisterhood, and one woman's second chance.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Ilana Stanger-Ross was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Lilith and The Bellevue Literary Revue. She is currently a student midwife at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, Canada and Brooklyn, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved the book though it at times made me very sad for the main character, Sima. She is missing so much in her life as she goes through the motions of living with her regrets at not ever having had children. She lets her marriage flounder rather than open herself to the pain of acknowledgment. She begins to come alive when she hires the beautiful Israeli, Timna whose life she covets and judges. Her obsession with Timna's beauty leads her to excess and then to an abrupt self examination that finally frees her and leads her to happiness . Excellent writing, beautiful descriptions, and realistic conclusions.
Sima's Showcase sounds like a great place to hang out, and I wish there was a place like it in our neighbourhood. Not only is this amazing little shop a place to get perfectly fitting lingerie, but it is also a place of unbelievable friendship, warmth and caring. Sima had a major disappointment as a young bride, and she built invisible walls to protect herself from further hurt and disappointment. For most of her life she was in a lonely and unfulfilled place. She basically felt sorry for herself, and did not allow herself to experience any joy. When Timna, a young Israeli woman, comes to work in Sima's lingerie shop for a few months, the two women form an unlikely friendship. Through laughter, as well as trials and misunderstandings, they both finally realize that it is never too late to open the door to whatever life has. This is a fantastic book about the beauty of friendship, transformed lives, and unconditional love. I recommend this to anyone who would like a beautiful escape into the secret lives of some very extraordinary women, who just happen to be surrounded by beautiful lingerie. Can it get any better? This book is so much more than the story of a bunch of women in a bra shop. It is about how we deal with disappointments, challenges and frustration. We need to do more than just go through the motions in our life ... or we will miss out on what life is all about.