In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.
Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her 19-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. Armed with the organizing expertise she gained while writing her book, Things Are Not People, and fueled by a burning desire to get her life back on track, Lucy rolls up her sleeves to take on the mess that fills every room of Marva’s huge home. Lucy soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love the objects in her home too much to let go of any of them.
While trying to stay on course toward a strict deadline—and with an ex-boyfriend back in the picture, a new romance on the scene, and her son’s rehab not going as planned—Lucy discovers that Marva isn’t just hoarding: she is also hiding a big secret. The two form an unlikely bond, as each learns from the other that there are those things in life we keep and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.
Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make Objects of My Affection the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.
©2012 Jill Smolinski (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“A wonderfully written, heartfelt novel about what to keep and what to let go of as you move forward in your life.” (Claire Cook, best-selling author of Must Love Dogs)
“A hoarder and organizational expert clash in this light, amusing novel from Smolinski…A charmingly breezy tone marks this warm appraisal of our addiction to stuff.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I loved this deeply felt, bravely honest tale of a professional organizer who discovers just how messy life and love can be, but that everything truly does have a place. A treasure of a novel.” (Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School)
I thought the reader's performance just right for the tone of the book.
The best part of the book to me was how very relatable the characters were and how we came to know each of them as the book progressed.
Lucy, with her gently self-effacing humor was my favorite character. Daniel, Marva and Nikko are a close second.
A moment that particularly moved me was when Lucy realized how completely she had misunderstood Daniel's motives regarding their relationship and her son. Such a real-life moment, Lucy was in such "Mama Bear" mode that she was striking out blindly.
This is not the type of book I usually buy, but I enjoyed the writing, life lessons and performance so much!
Pars of story were unrealistic, but most of all, the reader's voice was annoying from the get go. Although a woman, she sounded lIke a teenage guy who's trying to sound uber cool. Picture a Lounge Lizard saying "Hey there."
I was intrigued with the story, but as another reviewer commented, the narration detracted from it. The narrator delivered the story in a flat, whiny tone, and it was hard to distinguish which character was speaking.
Yes, because I liked the plot.
Use a different narrator. Even the funny or witty lines were delivered in a flat, whiny voice.
I really enjoyed this book and it's worth a listen. It was an obvious push/pull of opposites trying to co-exist and bring one another into their world. This was humorous at times, other times very serious. It is interesting to see the complications of life and how they might affect those things we hold dear (or let go of).
If you are or have been a parent of a child in rehab, you will relate to every emotion and situation detailed by the author. I would not be surprised if she had experienced this in her life, as it was vividly accurate.
While I really enjoyed listening to this book, it did have a level of practicability. While some really loved the performance, I was not a fan. It's just a matter of taste, as it did not detract from the substance of the book like some narrators might. All in all, it's about 3.5 stars for me (and I usually reserve 4-5 stars for books I would gladly read again).
It's not really a romance (thank god, I can't stand those silly things) or a chick lit book (no mention of Jimmy Choo shoes whatever those are). It's a good nonfiction with a decent storyline -for me not too complex, not too simple, not too many characters.
The main character shows some growth about how she deals with her troubled son. She finally evolves and learns to put herself first.
I also like books where I can learn interesting asides about places, events or things or that motivate to do new things. This read encouraged me to start cleaning out my closets!!
This story had two characters that I really could relate to-the son who was very much like my daughter (now deceased-rehab can do so much) and Marva who was very much like my mother except she (and fortunately not much of a hoarder) was an architect.
I really enjoyed this read except for the narrator. The narrator spoke in a slow, sexy, languid almost "porn' style" which almost puts you to sleep. I rarely have any complaints about narrators but this one really creates a mess.
The book puts a face and a story to the problem of hoarding.
The characters were well written and a great back story to all of them.
They were all good. Listening to the narrater I could see the characters in my mind.
I must first admit, I didn't really read enough of the book description before reading/listening it. I thought it was a self-help on organizing and de-cluttering. So imagine my very PLEASANT surprise to find a charming, witty story, wrapped around a reclusive, elderly, artist with a hoarding problem. LOVED this book and as a FANTASTIC side effect, it's inspired me to clear out all my old crap too! Jill is a new author to me, but I intend to read all her other books and will be the first in line to read a sequel or anything else she publishes! Great job narrating by Xe Sands too!
Never listened to Xe Sand before, but really enjoyed the narration.
The story line was so engrossing, the characters became real, Also it made my want to clean house, I am not a hoarder but still cleaned out closet!
Make sure you listen to the sample before you buy this. Although I enjoyed the story and the characters, the narrator's voice made the main character, Lucy, quite unlikeable. I'm sure this narrator has some energy, but here, at least, her voice sounds tired, bored and condescending when she's in the main character's persona and most of the others as well. She does well, though, with Marva, who's an interesting character, one of whom I'd liked to read more of!
This is a book I may well pick up the print copy of and so enjoy it the way so many others (see Amazon reviews) have!
This was a surprising listen for me, since I usually listen to non-fiction. Audible sent one of those e-mails recommending some hidden gems, and this was one of them - so I selected it (along with a book on economics, and one on forensic anthropology). It looked like a pleasant diversion for the long drive I had during the week.
I expected a bit of chick-lit fluff, and I was surprised to find a thoughtful book with fresh dialogue. It's an unlikely premise - a hoarder and an organizer - but the relationship works, and so does the book. Listening was like listening to a good friend over coffee. Jill Smolinski's characters are real, flawed, unpredictable, graceful and inept, sometimes at the same time.
I will look for Smolinski's other books.
Xe Sands, the narrator, was sprightly at times, and despairing at others. I've listened to the Fifty Shades trilogy, and I can't help but wish Sands had narrated those as well.
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