‘Husbands and Other Sharp Objects’ was a complete and utter hoot! It apparently continues the story of Marcy, from ‘Lift and Separate’, the author's first novel, however I had not read it and it doesn’t seem to make a difference and I did not feel lost without the back story and thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I haven't laughed out loud at a book in so long. This story was real, but light hearted and funny. Marcy Hammer is separated from her husband, Harvey, who owns a bra manufacturing company. Her life in some ways is in limbo as she gets used to the single life after a long marriage and three children. As one daughter turns into Bridezilla, she tries to keep communications open despite her daughter's demands. With this and other situations to contend with, Marcy is having trouble making decisions about her own life. I have respect for Marcy and the way she handled herself with her divorce issues, daughters wedding issues and boyfriend issues.
Seldom do we get a protagonist who is over the age of forty...though the book itself feels like a light read, the author covers a lot of ground with heavier, sadder subjects. Marcy Hammer is the kind of character you feel like you can have a glass of wine with, and hold a conversation where you're laughing through your tears.
I really loved spending time with these characters. High recommended.
A very funny, indeed relentlessly funny, tale of domestic tempest and tragi-comedy. This Jewish mother's intrepid navigation through the entanglements and emotional minefields of family relationships towards her own divorce and a daughter's marriage produces a continuous barrage of exploding one-liners. You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the jokes but seeing how hyperbole works as the cultural mechanism for coping with the constant clash of good intensions and absurd results is both refreshing and illuminating!
Husband's and Other Sharp Objects is my first encounter with Marilyn Simon Rothstein's work, and this, her sophmore work, had me in stitches. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. Marcy was such an unlikely heroine. Up until earlier this year, Marcy was married, she thought happily, when her husband came out with his affair, she started to realize that her life wasn't all it could be. She has moved on and created her own life, responsible for no one but herself and has realized how much she likes it. When her not-quite-ex decides that he wants her back, Marcy has to decide whether she wants her future, or to step back into the past. This is a fun look at family, friends, and finding a new path. I really enjoyed Marcy and her friends, was ready to strangle Amanda...seriously? and where can we find someone like Jon? Going through Marcy's life through her eyes, with her thoughts and comments was thouroughly entertaining. I really enjoyed Marcy, and her supporting cast was icing on the proverbial cake.