Objects of My Affection

  • by Jill Smolinski
  • Narrated by Xe Sands
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 onto for decades.
Lucy Bloom is broke, has been dumped by her boyfriend, and had to sell her house to send her 19-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 and those we need to let go—but it’s not always easy to know the difference.
Laugh-out-loud humor, heartfelt writing, relatable characters, and a charming premise all come together to make Objects of My Affection the next read for the fans of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, and Allison Winn Scotch.

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What the Critics Say

“A wonderfully written, heartfelt novel about what to keep and what to let go of as you move forward in your life.” (Claire Cook, best-selling author of Must Love Dogs)
“A hoarder and organizational expert clash in this light, amusing novel from Smolinski…A charmingly breezy tone marks this warm appraisal of our addiction to stuff.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“I loved this deeply felt, bravely honest tale of a professional organizer who discovers just how messy life and love can be, but that everything truly does have a place. A treasure of a novel.” (Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School)

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Performance distracted from the story.

How could the performance have been better?

I will make sure I never listen to another book narrated by Xe Sands. The end of her sentences are faded out and gravely, in a way I'm sure is fine if you're chatting with her in person, but was very distracting in an audio book. Her voice made the characters sound confused, like they just woke up from a nap, even during the most strong, passionate dialogue in the story. I kept expecting to get used to her style, but it was annoying until the very end of the book. On the other hand, I got to the end of the book so it wasn't so annoying as to make me waste a credit!


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- A. Adinolfi

If you keep listening it gets better but......

This story is a light, easy listen. Or it would be if the narration weren't so distracting. The pace of the narration is sloooww. I like a slow paced listen much more than a rapid, hard-voiced listen. This is the first time I have ever increased the speed at which the iPod delivers the playback. In addition, in the beginning the narrator's delivery was so affected as to completely distract from what she was reading. Eventually it got better. It was as if she were trying to find her voice. I generally listen while doing chores, walking, exercising and even falling asleep so I tend to buy the unabridged books. This one felt more like two books by the time I'd finished. Whew! It's over! Narration aside, the characters were well drawn and you felt as if you knew them by the time the story ended. Having been married to a pack rat who came from a family of pack rats, the look into the mind of the character in this story was interesting. The pack rat focus was my reason for buying the book.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.