Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
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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 on to for decades.

Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-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, those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.

About Jill Smolinski

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JILL SMOLINSKI is a transplanted Midwesterner who currently lives in Southern California with her son. She is the author of Flip-Flopped.
Published May 1, 2012 by Touchstone. 322 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Just as Lucy tries to help Marva de-clutter her house, so Daniel helps Lucy de-clutter her memory.

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In Smolinski's heartfelt newest (after The Next Thing On My List), Lucy Bloom, a personal organizer, is desperately trying to get her life back on track.

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Although most readers will want to shake Lucy for her stupidity about her son and his problems, she does come through at the end.

Apr 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Objects of My Affection: A Novel

The Roanoke Times

Unlike the home organizers from the TV show, Lucy takes the time to get to know Marva and to work with her in order to get to the root of why she can’t part with her stuff.

May 27 2012 | Read Full Review of Objects of My Affection: A Novel

Vibrant Nation

Lucy’s fired and rehired a couple times, until the day she and Daniel learn why Marva has set a date for the goods to be out of her house.

May 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Objects of My Affection: A Novel

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