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The Late, Lamented Molly Marx Audio CD – Unabridged, 5 June 2012
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The circumstances of Molly Marx's death may be suspicious, but she hasn't lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and, of course, her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As a bonus, Molly quickly realizes that the afterlife comes with a finely tuned bullshit detector.
As Molly looks on, her loved ones try to discern whether her death was an accident, suicide, or murder. She was last seen alive leaving for a bike ride through New York City's Riverside Park; her body was found lying on the bank of the Hudson River. Did a stranger lure Molly to danger? Did she plan to meet someone she thought she could trust? Could she have ended her own life for mysterious reasons, or did she simply lose control of her bike? As the police question her circle of intimates, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end: her marriage, troubled yet tender; her charmed work life as a magazine decorating editor; and the irresistible colleague to whom she was drawn.
More than anything, Molly finds herself watching over Annabel - and realizing how motherhood helped to bring out her very best self. As the investigation into her death proceeds, Molly will relive her most precious moments - and take responsibility for the choices in her life.
Exploring the bonds of fidelity, family, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart.
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Library ed. edition (5 June 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1469208075
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469208077
- Dimensions : 17.78 x 2.54 x 17.78 cm
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On a surface level, this is an elegant comedy of manners; well-to-do Manhattan Jewish culture is invoked down to the last bagel, each buttery babke lovingly described. Molly herself was a magazine stylist, and the descriptions are lush - her tall blue hydrangeas in just the right vase, a tour of her upscale lingerie drawer. A fun peek for those of us who are more LL Bean and Bendels, more Costco than Zabars. (When I lived in Manhattan, I could never figure out how that social strata seemed to know all the rules, all played out with perfunctory kisses and hugs.) Molly, hailing from Chicago, is somewhat of an outsider to all this, learning the rules through marrying Barry, an East Side plastic surgeon. He is my favorite character - superficial but aware of it, charming and self-centered, occasionally atoning for his character, adoring Molly while he sleeps with everyone in sight, all orchestrated by his perfectly coiffed, manicured mother.Was there ever a nastier mother-in-law? Not accidentally, she is named Kitty. Watch out for her claws.
These characters will stay with you - and you'll have some great laughs, too. My personal favorite was the newcomer to The Duration, an admissions officer from Princeton, gunned down by the deranged parent of a spurned applicant. Sally's writing is witty and wise.
The synopsis intrigued me so I bought the book on kindle.
It was interesting from the beginning but part-way through, I realized: I hated "closing" the book for work, errands or whatever. Her characters are well fleshed and believable and her writing style so fluid and enjoyable. Another author could have made this story too cutesy and glib, but Ms. Koslow did an excellent job of creating a wonderful adult story that touches your heart deeply without the schmaltz.