Lift And Separate
by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2016)
Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.
Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.
“Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance
“Lift And Separate takes us on a funny but moving journey through heartbreak, hilarity, betrayal, and healing. Marcy Hammer is a hammer indeed! Rooting for her all the way, one is exhilarated by the journey Marilyn Simon Rothstein gives her without ever burning a single bra! Hip-hip hurrah!” —Lanie Robertson, writer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the Tony Award–winning play
Michael the Premed was my college boyfriend. He owned one pair of jeans ripped at the knee, played Frisbee on the quad, and ate whole overly ripe cucumbers while walking his pet hamster, King George, on a leash. He was mine from spring of freshman year until January of junior year, when he scored an A in organic chemistry. That day, when I brought a celebratory jug of sangria to his dorm room, I noticed a diaphragm in a pink case on his university-issued dresser. I confronted him, eyeball to eyeball, diaphragm in hand. And that was the last time I ever trusted a guy who walked a rodent with the name of a king.
I’m an only child… And that was poor planning. If my parents were both going to be sick at once, they should have had more children.
I waited my turn as a broad woman in front of me placed her order. She was wearing red pants adorned with minuscule pink whales, a canvas belt with dolphins, and a pink polo shirt with a goldfish logo. Personally, I thought, when I’m dressing, I never mix fish.
My father had requested that his body be donated to the Yale school of Medicine, making Dad the first person in my family to go to the Ivy League.
My eyes darted to the top of his head. Harvey had hair- a toupee perched on his skull as though it belonged almost anywhere else. I vowed not to ask what he fed it.
Lift and Separate was superb, impressive, divine, slyly amusing, and smartly written. Ms. Rothstein is a skilled and crafty wordsmith who made magic on the page. I could only find just this one marvelous book listed for my new favorite mega-talented author, which greatly disappointed and distressed me as I greedily hoped to find a long list of similar treasures to add to my reading calendar. Her writing sparkled with clever humor, keen observations, and witty insights. I remained thoroughly engaged with her deftly written narration from page one to the very last word. I adored this story and reveled in Marcy’s evolution, and now feel a bit adrift and at a loss from having to disengage from her tale, as I so enjoyed being in her head. More please Ms. Rothstein, and soon!
For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator.
Lift And Separate is her debut novel.
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