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Book Review: The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow

Posted on: April 24, 2009

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I’d classify this novel as mommy lit with a dash of mystery and a generous helping of fantasy – a mix that works surprisingly well.

Molly Marx was a New York city mommy, with a doctor husband, a beautiful daughter, a career in magazines, and a comfortable apartment. However, an early death has left Molly in the Duration, where she looks down upon her friends and family, watching them deal with her death and hearing their thoughts as well as their words. Molly’s views into her friends and family members lives are interspersed with Molly’s own flashbacks on past events, telling the story of Molly, her marriage, and her relationships with her sister, her daughter, her best friend, and another special someone. It was interesting to see how all these different threads came together to converge on the circumstances regarding her death, of which we are not entirely privy to until the end of the novel.

I didn’t think I would enjoy a novel like this – I’m not usually a fan of fantasy-type situations, and on the surface, the premise of a deceased woman telling her story seemed rather silly. But I enjoyed this book – the way the author handled the afterlife was very matter-of-fact, and not overdone at all. The mystery of how Molly died kept the plot moving forward at a fast pace. And the other characters were well developed, leading to a well-rounded story that was a pleasure to read.

Perhaps the ending came together a bit too tidily, and a little too sweetly. And the novel could probably have been a little shorter – it seemed to drag in some places. But overall, a good read that is definitely worth your time.

started: 20-April-2009 / finished: 23-April-2009
Advanced Reading Copy provided by Ballantine Books, via the LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program
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