Sally Koslow

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx - eBook

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I really loved this bo...
I really loved this book. I want to throw that out there first. I'm really excited to be able to share this book with some friends. I think it is unique and thought provoking. Molly Marx is dead. That's not a spoiler, it's laid out from the first page. How she died is unknown. At first glance, I assumed that the book would be about solving her death. Was she murdered? Was it an accident? Suicide? We really don't know until near the end. The beauty is, that wasn't the point of the story. It's not a mystery novel. The how and why is there in the background but it isn't the reason to keep reading. Not too many main characters are dead from the start. The story is told through Molly's eyes as she spends her time in the "duration" following her family and friends around. She is able to listen to their thoughts and while she can't interfere or communicate, her presence is occasionally felt. She watches as her family deals with her death. They grieve in different ways. She watches her husband and tries to decide if he genuinely misses her or if it's an act. She checks in on her young daughter wishing she were physically present in her life. I found the author's idea of the "duration" to be very interesting. I don't want to give things away but I was intrigued by it, even though it doesn't fit with my personal beliefs. I love the idea that people with different beliefs can still "hang" together in the afterlife. I highly recommend this book. . . to almost anyone!
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Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Definition of chick li...
Definition of chick lit according to Wikipedia: "Chick lit features hip, stylish, career-driven female protagonists, usually in their twenties and thirties. The women featured in these novels may be obsessed with appearance or have a passion for shopping. The setting is generally urban and the plot usually follows the characters' love lives and struggles for professional success (often in the publishing, advertising, public relations, or fashion industry). The style is usually of an airy, irreverent tone and includes frank sexual themes. It frequently makes use of current slang and cliches." Based on Koslow's novel and the definition above, I think I can easily continue to avoid the genre. Like the protagonist in Lonely Bones, Molly Marx starts out this book dead. Molly and her friends and family are self-obsessed to a ridiculous extreme. She is also so concerned with designers clothes and designer foods and designers (and knock-offs) as to be a stereotype. Was she murdered, did she suicide, or was her death an accident? If it was murder who did it? By the end of the book I didn't care one little bit. However, I am thrilled that Random House sent me this ARC and I hope they and other publishers send me more. I would have preferred this a novel with more magical realism and a different narrator: Molly's lover Luke or her best friend Brie or the detective who is investigating her death, Hiawatha Hicks.
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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
I really loved this bo...
I really loved this book. I want to throw that out there first. I'm really excited to be able to share this book with some friends. I think it is unique and thought provoking. Molly Marx is dead. That's not a spoiler, it's laid out from the first page. How she died is unknown. At first glance, I assumed that the book would be about solving her death. Was she murdered? Was it an accident? Suicide? We really don't know until near the end. The beauty is, that wasn't the point of the story. It's not a mystery novel. The how and why is there in the background but it isn't the reason to keep reading. Not too many main characters are dead from the start. The story is told through Molly's eyes as she spends her time in the "duration" following her family and friends around. She is able to listen to their thoughts and while she can't interfere or communicate, her presence is occasionally felt. She watches as her family deals with her death. They grieve in different ways. She watches her husband and tries to decide if he genuinely misses her or if it's an act. She checks in on her young daughter wishing she were physically present in her life. I found the author's idea of the "duration" to be very interesting. I don't want to give things away but I was intrigued by it, even though it doesn't fit with my personal beliefs. I love the idea that people with different beliefs can still "hang" together in the afterlife. I highly recommend this book. . . to almost anyone!
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Average Rating:(1.0)out of 5 stars
Definition of chick li...
Definition of chick lit according to Wikipedia: "Chick lit features hip, stylish, career-driven female protagonists, usually in their twenties and thirties. The women featured in these novels may be obsessed with appearance or have a passion for shopping. The setting is generally urban and the plot usually follows the characters' love lives and struggles for professional success (often in the publishing, advertising, public relations, or fashion industry). The style is usually of an airy, irreverent tone and includes frank sexual themes. It frequently makes use of current slang and cliches." Based on Koslow's novel and the definition above, I think I can easily continue to avoid the genre. Like the protagonist in Lonely Bones, Molly Marx starts out this book dead. Molly and her friends and family are self-obsessed to a ridiculous extreme. She is also so concerned with designers clothes and designer foods and designers (and knock-offs) as to be a stereotype. Was she murdered, did she suicide, or was her death an accident? If it was murder who did it? By the end of the book I didn't care one little bit. However, I am thrilled that Random House sent me this ARC and I hope they and other publishers send me more. I would have preferred this a novel with more magical realism and a different narrator: Molly's lover Luke or her best friend Brie or the detective who is investigating her death, Hiawatha Hicks.
I really loved this book. I want to throw that out there first. I'm really excited to be able to share this book with some friends. I think it is unique and thought provoking. Molly Marx is dead. That's not a spoiler, it's laid out from the first page. How she died is unknown. At first glance, I assumed that the book would be about solving her death. Was she murdered? Was it an accident? Suicide? We really don't know until near the end. The beauty is, that wasn't the point of the story. It's not a mystery novel. The how and why is there in the background but it isn't the reason to keep reading. Not too many main characters are dead from the start. The story is told through Molly's eyes as she spends her time in the "duration" following her family and friends around. She is able to listen to their thoughts and while she can't interfere or communicate, her presence is occasionally felt. She watches as her family deals with her death. They grieve in different ways. She watches her husband and tries to decide if he genuinely misses her or if it's an act. She checks in on her young daughter wishing she were physically present in her life. I found the author's idea of the "duration" to be very interesting. I don't want to give things away but I was intrigued by it, even though it doesn't fit with my personal beliefs. I love the idea that people with different beliefs can still "hang" together in the afterlife. I highly recommend this book. . . to almost anyone!
Definition of chick lit according to Wikipedia: "Chick lit features hip, stylish, career-driven female protagonists, usually in their twenties and thirties. The women featured in these novels may be obsessed with appearance or have a passion for shopping. The setting is generally urban and the plot usually follows the characters' love lives and struggles for professional success (often in the publishing, advertising, public relations, or fashion industry). The style is usually of an airy, irreverent tone and includes frank sexual themes. It frequently makes use of current slang and cliches." Based on Koslow's novel and the definition above, I think I can easily continue to avoid the genre. Like the protagonist in Lonely Bones, Molly Marx starts out this book dead. Molly and her friends and family are self-obsessed to a ridiculous extreme. She is also so concerned with designers clothes and designer foods and designers (and knock-offs) as to be a stereotype. Was she murdered, did she suicide, or was her death an accident? If it was murder who did it? By the end of the book I didn't care one little bit. However, I am thrilled that Random House sent me this ARC and I hope they and other publishers send me more. I would have preferred this a novel with more magical realism and a different narrator: Molly's lover Luke or her best friend Brie or the detective who is investigating her death, Hiawatha Hicks.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I really loved this bo...

I really loved this book. I want to throw that out there first. I'm really excited to be able to share this book with some friends. I think it is unique and thought provoking. Molly Marx is dead. That's not a spoiler, it's laid out from the first page. How she died is unknown. At first glance, I assumed that the book would be about solving her death. Was she murdered? Was it an accident? Suicide? We really don't know until near the end. The beauty is, that wasn't the point of the story. It's not a mystery novel. The how and why is there in the background but it isn't the reason to keep reading. Not too many main characters are dead from the start. The story is told through Molly's eyes as she spends her time in the "duration" following her family and friends around. She is able to listen to their thoughts and while she can't interfere or communicate, her presence is occasionally felt. She watches as her family deals with her death. They grieve in different ways. She watches her husband and tries to decide if he genuinely misses her or if it's an act. She checks in on her young daughter wishing she were physically present in her life. I found the author's idea of the "duration" to be very interesting. I don't want to give things away but I was intrigued by it, even though it doesn't fit with my personal beliefs. I love the idea that people with different beliefs can still "hang" together in the afterlife. I highly recommend this book. . . to almost anyone!

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

A novel about grief in...

A novel about grief in its many forms, The Late Lamented Molly Marx is a gem of a book. Molly is a wonderful character -- frank, funny, and complex. She is real, flaws and all. Actually, all of the characters in Sally Koslow's book are compelling, woven around the mystery of Molly's death. The heart of the book lies in the choices that the characters make, some small and some not so, and how they lead to Molly's demise. The only part that felt rushed was the ending in which we find out the fate of Molly's family and friends and although it is very satisfying, I felt it was a tad rushed. Overall, a great novel that I recommend to readers who love a character driven mystery with a dollop of humor.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

WOW! I really enjoyed...

WOW! I really enjoyed this book. It was just enough to keep me going in the beginning. But after the first few chapters I was drawn into the lives of the characters. I had to see what they did next that would lead to the "ending." As far as my emotions...I am not one to cry. I am also a mother of 2 children. By the end I fought to keep the tears in my eyes. As a wife of many years...I usually dislike stories where there are cheaters. In this story Idid not hate those characters but felt badly for them and the decisions they made and that they did not have enough time together to continue to fix their lives.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

I dont think this boo...

I don't think this book is the same as The Lovely Bones - the writing style here is much more engaging and entertaining. Because the main character here is not a child, and there isn't any sexual abuse, the story here is much lighter. I enjoyed this book, which I would consider a richer-than-usual chick lit book.

Average Rating:(4.0)out of 5 stars

Just finished, The La...

Just finished, "The Late, Lamented Molly Marx," by Sally Koslow, and for me, it was a quick read with a couple laugh out loud moments. Despite the tragedy, Koslow writes a witty and poignant look at a likable woman, Molly Marx's, life. I was a little disappointed with the ending but would still recommend it for it's tragic mystery told in an upbeat...this is my life, sort of way. Click the link above for more detailed reviews. I wouldn't spend $25 on it but would suggest checking it out of your public library! Enjoy it, I did.


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