Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

This novel by Sally Koslow caught my eye because it seemed very similar to The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold, which many of you may remember because it was a huge bestseller some years ago. Molly Marx is dead--and no one knows what happened to her, not even Molly herself, who narrates the book. As the story starts, she's at her own funeral. Through a series of flashbacks and present-day scenes, we learn about Molly and her family, and about how they lived before and after she died. Since Molly is dead, this isn't a typical chick-lit novel; there's a sense of grief that permeates the book. But it's also funny, since Molly is such a great character. Poignant and resonant, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is well worth the read. I'm going to go back and read Koslow's first novel, Little Pink Slips, which I missed when it was released.


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