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The Late, Lamented Molly Marx


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ISBN13: 9780345506207
ISBN10: 0345506200
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The circumstances of Molly Marxs death may be suspicious, but she hasnt 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 Citys 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.


Exploring marriage, fidelity, family, and mortality, "The Late, Lamented Molly Marx" is a playful yet tender love story about a flawed but charming woman, who is forced--better late than never--to take responsibility for the choices in her complicated life.

About the Author

Sally Koslow is the author of the novel Little Pink Slips. Her essays have been published in More, O: The Oprah Magazine, and The New York Observer, among other publications. She was the editor in chief of both McCalls and Lifetime, was an editor at Mademoiselle and Womans Day, and has taught creative writing at the Writing Institute of Sarah Lawrence College. The mother of two sons, she lives in New York City with her husband.

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bbrrtt1, July 30, 2010 (view all comments by bbrrtt1)
Just finished, "The Late, Lamented Molly Marx," by Sally Koslow, and for me, it was a quick read with a couple laugh out loud moments. Despite the tragedy, Koslow writes a witty and poignant look at a likable woman, Molly Marx's, life. I was a little disappointed with the ending but would still recommend it for it's tragic mystery told in an upbeat...this is my life, sort of way.
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chocolateandcroissants, April 11, 2010 (view all comments by chocolateandcroissants)
What took me so long to read The Late Lamented Molly Marx. I won this book about 6 months ago and just left it sitting in my stack of to be read books forever. Browsing through the stack one night the cover grabbed me. I am a shallow reader-always judging a book by it's cover. I adored this book. I cannot believe that it sat there unread for as long as it did.

What makes the book interesting in a quirky morbid way, is Molly narrates the story. She looks down on the people who were part of her life currently and discusses aspects of her life before she died. I really enjoyed Molly as a character. She had her flaws but so do I. From the place she is she cries for her daughter, wanting to comfort her, encourages her on and laments that she will not be there in the future. With anger and trepidation she watches her husband move on to another woman. Who would not want to look down and see their life, hear what people have to say and spy on others. I thought this book was fantastic from beginning to end.

I look forward to reading Koslow's other book, Little Pink Slips. This is a great read for the beach or pool.
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Ambrosia4All, June 17, 2009 (view all comments by Ambrosia4All)
An interesting take on life-after-death, Molly looks in on the people she loved from the Duration. Unlike most chick lit, I think this really had something to say other than "let's all dress up and fret about boys". I respect that, because while those books can be fun, there is way more to life than that, no?

Having two simultaneous story lines naturally revolving around her time of death, Molly reflects on whether she made the right choices involving her heart. This isn't simply "does he like? what if he doesn't?", this is more about how the choices we make reflect the people we are. And Molly was indecisive, but she was trying to be a better, more resolute person, up to the end.

The ending is both a clear cut resolution and an inconclusive realist's fantasy. You know from the beginning what's going to happen in the end, but the journey to get there was worth it. A quick, sweet read, although I disagree with others characterizing this as a mystery, I would even quibble over chick lit. While it is women's literature, romance is the centerpiece. While there are mysteries, this is not the compelling plot point.

Recommended for those looking for something to read about real love and the hardships thereof, not that movie romance stuff.
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Product Details

Koslow, Sally
Ballantine Books
Contemporary Women
Domestic fiction
Humorous fiction
Publication Date:
May 2009
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9.46x6.44x1.14 in. 1.14 lbs.

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