I began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of my old favorites as well as sharing books that I want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on my TBR list while I continue to pile more titles on top of them:)! I like that these older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use my pic as well. If you’d just link back to me I’d so appreciate it
My Pick this week is:
Published June 2010 by Ballantine Books
My rating: 5/5 Stars
The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and, of course, her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As a bonus, Molly quickly realizes that the afterlife comes with a finely tuned bullshit detector.
As Molly looks on, her loved ones try to discern whether her death was an accident, suicide, or murder. She was last seen alive leaving for a bike ride through New York City’s Riverside Park; her body was found lying on the bank of the Hudson River. Did a stranger lure Molly to danger? Did she plan to meet someone she thought she could trust? Could she have ended her own life for mysterious reasons, or did she simply lose control of her bike? As the police question her circle of intimates, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end: her marriage, troubled yet tender; her charmed work life as a magazine decorating editor; and the irresistible colleague to whom she was drawn.
More than anything, Molly finds herself watching over Annabel–and realizing how motherhood helped to bring out her very best self. As the investigation into her death proceeds, Molly will relive her most precious moments–and take responsibility for the choices in her life.
Exploring the bonds of fidelity, family, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart.
This book was recommended to me by a good reading friend 2 years ago and as soon as she mentioned the title my mind kind of went ‘meh’ as my initial thought was it’s a weird title and then my mind quickly thinks ‘I don’t know if I want to read that.’ I really find it so interesting how I can so quickly disregard books because of the cover or title. When will I learn? I’m so glad I listened to my friend and picked this one up because it ended up being one of my favorite reads of 2015. Now, I know a lot of you might jump over to Goodreads, see the ratings for this, and promptly disregard it but I urge you to give it a try if you like your love story/drama with a side of mystery and humor. I definitely do. I loved that Molly narrated the story, she was witty yet wistful as she no longer had the life she (at one time) loved. A life that included her daughter whom she very much loved. What made this so original for me was the fact that Molly gets to find out how she ended up dead right along with us. There are times she laughs at her situation as did I and times she cries…as did I…sitting poolside if I remember correctly. Not the best time for crying! If you’re looking for a book that has a little bit of mystery, humor, and heartbreak all rolled up in a one sit read, give this a try.
Have you read this one or think you’d like to? I’d love to hear from you in the comments
For another TBT recommendation, check out Rebecca The Book Whisperer’s blog.