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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.

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Cynthia
  • Monrovia, California, United States
  • 07-09-12

Things are NOT People . . .

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.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Incredibly Stupid Protagonist

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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.

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  • Karen
  • Chatsworth, GA, United States
  • 01-10-17

Definitely a book of real issues.

Interesting storyline with real people with real problems. Not to give much away, only because I heard a book awhile back that didn't end well and didn't set well with me. This book was different and boy was I ever glad. Xe Sands is my favorite narrator and she once again did a super job, thanks.

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  • Rose
  • Kansas city, Mo, United States
  • 10-04-16

Delightful

Would you listen to Objects of My Affection again? Why?

Not on the top of my list for a re-listen, but enjoyed it for the time we spent together.

What did you like best about this story?

Light and easy story with enough going on to stay interested, yet not too heavy to weigh down the listener.

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  • Marti
  • Sahuarita, AZ, United States
  • 12-17-15

Its OK

What did you love best about Objects of My Affection?

The Story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Maura

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I have listened to Xe Sands many times and enjoyed it, but this time she was a little to whinny, it was a little annoying. She spoke everybody's voice Ok except the main character.

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Story is interesting, not run of the mill twists.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok. The performance was good, and the story interesting enough to keep me interested despite my want for more action. Would I recommend it -- probably to my mom but not my friends. The exception to that is if a friend was experiencing a story similar to the characters, then there may well be some enlightenment that is helpful.

What other book might you compare Objects of My Affection to and why?

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

the surprise of how the author took us far thru the book before disclosing that something that was indicated several times wasn't really as it seemed.

Did Objects of My Affection inspire you to do anything?

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Such a good story with a happy ending!!!

Loved the story & I think the narration was evem better. Xe did an amazing job on all parts and I really grew to love her voice.

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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

loved it

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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  • Melinda
  • Shoreline, WA, United States
  • 11-25-13

decent story, narrated by a chick w/a cold

I think I picked this book up on sale. I had never heard of it, but the story sounded intriguing. But the narration! Either she had a terrible cold, or she can win the prize for the most nasal sounding voice on Planet Earth….and she didn't show great range. Every character, man and woman had the same voice.

But I digress….. If you are interested in hoarders but don't want to get dirty or grossed out, this might be a book to consider, if you aren't picky about narration. I did like very much the character of the older hoarding woman. She was quite interesting. And… I really wanted to see her paintings!

YAY for "Woman, Freshly Tossed". I could envision it.