The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem

The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem

by Sonya Sones


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ISBN-13: 9780062024671
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 659,891
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sonya Sones has written seven novels in verse: The Opposite of Innocent, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy; What My Mother Doesn’t Know and its companion, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know; One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies; To Be Perfectly Honest; and Saving Red. Sonya’s books have received many honors, but she was especially thrilled when she learned that she was on the American Library Association’s list of the Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century. She lives near the beach in California. You can visit her at or write her at

What People are Saying About This

Megan McCafferty

“Every page of Sonya Sones’s novel-in-verse is brimming with wit, warmth, and wisdom. You’ll want to share this relatable and revelatory story about growing old ‘disgracefully’ with every mother and daughter you know.”

Meg Cabot

“Funny, fresh, and heartbreakingly poignant, this book had me laughing and crying at the same time. Thank you, Sonya Sones, for finally saying what so many of us have been thinking for so long.”

Ilene Beckerman

“Wallpaper a room with the pages of The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus. It will be your favorite place. The room you come back to again and again, year after year.”

Jacquelyn Mitchard

“If you told me I’d laugh and cry in the nail salon over a novel in VERSE . . . I’d have said that you were mad. Then I read The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus and I saw the light and fell under Sonya Sones’ spell.”

Tish Cohen

“An achingly honest, brilliantly crafted examination of midlife. An absolute joy to read.”

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The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus: A Novel About Marriage, Motherhood, and Mayhem 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
RosalieT More than 1 year ago
I just had the opportunity to read this book, and I absolutely loved it. It's so funny, moving, and observational - I agreed with so much of what the character Holly was experiencing! I don't usually review books on here, but I wanted to review this one because it was like the author knew what my life was like. I'm planning on reading it again next week when I have vacation (it's a pretty fast read because of the poetry format). I think it'll be the perfect gift for my sister and my mom for mother's day. I'm so happy that Sonya Sones is writing books for adults - I can't wait for her next one! Or maybe she'll write a book from Holly's daughter's perspective as a sequel? In any case, I'm looking forward to reading what comes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was hard to "get into" the book , but once I really started reading it, I understood the flow of it.
Barbandop More than 1 year ago
This book made me laugh out loud. It also made me cry out loud. It also made me think and remember. I loved this book and if you have ever wondered what the heck happened to your life, you will too. I can't recommend this enough.
nyauthoress More than 1 year ago
Take it with you in the car, read a few pages before you go to bed, pass the time in the doctor's waiting room with it, but, by all means, treat yourself to The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus. Sonya Sones, author of four award-winning novels for teens, paid attention to the admonitions, "Write what you know" and "Identify your audience." If you are a woman near menopause or mid-life, her book will make you laugh, cry and sigh. Sones' main character, Holly, is right there with you in your memory slips, sagging boobs, double chin and frustration in dealing with aging parents and departing children. Voicing the feelings of a fifty-ish woman in the inventive form of a poetic saga brimming with wit and sensitivity was a stroke of genius on the author's part. One might balk to open a book published as fiction and see poetry. But therein lies part of the brilliance of the book. "I dare you to make me like this," the reader may say. After ten pages, this reader was hooked. This poetic saga will touch you in places you didn't remember existed. Prepare to be refreshed by this original exploration of women coping with aging and all its implications. Sones reminds us that we need to laugh at ourselves, love our children, and be grateful for our mothers. Holly finds her mother's words "Your baby-making days may be over, but you will always be my baby," as soothing as a cup of chamomile tea. Who is "The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus?" You'll be treated to the answer among the pages of this fresh, funny book. Highly recommended for adult women. I thank Library Thing and Harper Collins for providing an advance review copy. The opinions expressed in my review are unbiased and wholly my own. Reviewed by Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not realize this was written in verse when I bought it but figured I'd give it 50 pages or so.... And I am glad I did! Funny, thoughtful, charming, and full of what it means to be a mom, wife, daughter, and human. Very good book!
june More than 1 year ago
First off, I was a target audience for this book. I'm nearly 60 (a smidge older that Holly, but not nearly as old as her mother!); I have a charming daughter; we drove her to a college 3 states away from us; and I could probably go on and on. I cried like a baby while reading the poems about the daughter getting ready to fly from the nest. It brought back those memories of sending my own daughter off to finish her growing up. My mother passed away many years ago, but the scenes with the mother were also touching to me. When Holly goes over to help the neighbor next door and quiets the baby, I thought of my mother when she came to stay with us when my baby was 9 days old. And when David would be awake at night, she gently took over and told me to stay in bed and sleep. What a great mother I had! And Holly and her mom are real sweethearts and you know her daughter will be a great mom someday. And the wife-husband stuff (the things that annoy the other partner!); and his almost serious illness; and Dr. Hack! (It's criminal to have such a worm in such a body!); and lovely Dr. Gold; and could you have put in a butterscotch brownie recipe in poetry form? JK!
charlottesweb93 More than 1 year ago
Ladies - seriously - you are going to LOVE this book. The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus is written in a unique poetry style. Read individually they have an interesting message in their own right, but read collectively they tell a hilarious, yet poignant story of a woman who is not aging as gracefully as she had hoped. 50 year old Holly is curing her Menopause woes with a little retail therapy. Think Shopaholic meets Nora Ephron. Absolutely perfect. You and your friends will laugh with Holly, you will cry with Holly, and you will be glad to know you are not the only one fighting gravity with everything you've got!!
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gene44 More than 1 year ago
I didn't even finish this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The poem form its written was bad. Hard to follow! Very disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! Every woman should read
I_read_everything More than 1 year ago
The delightful format - in poetry - of this midlife crisis book made it highly enjoyable and readable. I usually avoid the subject - having been there and escaped (mostly) with my wits intact. But this was a terrific read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I was a little turned off because it was poetry, but I was soon captured and was delighted with the subject matter and the rhythm of the verse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't so sure when I started this book but I ended up loving it. It is refreshing once you get into the rythm of it and get used to it being written in poetry.
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This is a tender, honest and hysterical account that any woman who has ever had children, a husband or a mother could relate to. It was nice to know I am not alone in these hormone-induced emotions and thoughts!
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Very good book consitering am 13 and i love romance novles not to much sex but enough to the love flow managable
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Honesty is the best policy this is a collection of poems they may be collected into a book this is not a novel this is the second odd format this month but was a library book