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Objects of My Affection | [Jill Smolinski]

Objects of My Affection

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    pattigurl Plantation, FL, United States 12-12-13
    pattigurl Plantation, FL, United States 12-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I liked the artist character"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was realistic.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was good. I didn't really dislike much of it.


    Did Objects of My Affection inspire you to do anything?

    I can't say that it did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vicki LANCASTER, KENTUCKY, United States 11-26-13
    vicki LANCASTER, KENTUCKY, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Objects of My Affection to be better than the print version?

    I thought the reader's performance just right for the tone of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Lucy, with her gently self-effacing humor was my favorite character. Daniel, Marva and Nikko are a close second.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not the type of book I usually buy, but I enjoyed the writing, life lessons and performance so much!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 09-11-12
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Organized stuff doesn't equal organized life!"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly 07-31-12
    Beverly 07-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book puts a face and a story to the problem of hoarding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were well written and a great back story to all of them.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    They were all good. Listening to the narrater I could see the characters in my mind.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 07-18-12
    Jill buena Park, CA, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Charming, Funny, Heartwarming. . .WONDERFUL!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 07-17-12
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book"
    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to Xe Sand before, but really enjoyed the narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-11-12
    Carol A. Smith Marquette, MI United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Listen to the sample before you buy!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 07-13-12
    gingerpenny95 Fairfield, Ca, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Incredibly Stupid Protagonist"
    Any additional comments?

    I lost patience with the stupidity of the main character, a woman with few qualifications who somehow got a book published about cleaning and organizing. She is supposed to be an expert in her field but fails to recognize valuable objects and collectibles. She was clueless in so many ways. The narrator was semi annoying but I gave her a 4.

    I expected this book to be more about letting go of things but it seemed to be so superficial. Glad I only paid $5 for it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 01-22-14
    Michele 01-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Amusing and touching light listening."
    Would you listen to Objects of My Affection again? Why?

    No, There are too many other books available.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Objects of My Affection?

    The interactions Marva and Lucy. The scenes with Marva, Daniel and Lucy. Brecking into the auction house.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lucy was trying to take her car back.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Watch as the eccentric artist battles with a determined organizer to part with treasured possesions.


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    Donna United States 12-15-13
    Donna United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Objects of My Affection?

    this was perfect for me after living in my own home for 30 years I am now ready to let go without losing my memories. It gave me the confidence to move forward.


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