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In a hidden bra shop in Brooklyn, one woman's fifty-year-old secret comes unhooked.

There are some life-long quests that all women have in common-meaningful work, true love, and a bra that doesn't leave red marks on your skin. With a gracefulness evocative of Amy Bloom and Alice McDermott, prizewinning writer Ilana Stanger-Ross has created a secret underground New York sisterhood where women of every shape and creed can come to share their milestones, laughter, loves, and losses against a backdrop of discount lingerie.

In the comfort of her Brooklyn basement bra shop, Sima Goldner teaches other women to appreciate their bodies, but feels betrayed by her own. Shamed by her infertility and a secret from her youth, she has given up on happiness and surrendered to a bitter marriage. But then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, becomes the shop seamstress. As the two serve the colorful customers of the orthodox Jewish neighborhood, Sima finds herself awakened to adventure and romance. Years after giving up on their marriage, Sima and her husband, Lev, must decide if what they have is worth saving.

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Prize-winning writer Stanger-Ross has created a secret underground New York sisterhood where women of every shape and creed can come to share their milestones, laughter, loves, and losses, against a backdrop of discount lingerie.

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Read Ilana Stanger-Ross's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship amid love, loss, and lingerie

In the basement of her Brooklyn apartment, Sima Goldner welcomes women of all shapes and sizes with warmth, acceptance-and a bra that gives them the support and lift they need. But Sima, regretfully childless at sixty, and harboring a secret that has embittered her marriage, can't seem to do the same for herself. Then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, arrives in search of a demi-cup and stays on to become the shop's seamstress. As they laugh, gossip, and sell lingerie, Sima finds herself awakening to hope and the possibility of happiness in this beguiling story of New York's underground sisterhood, and one woman's second chance.

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About the Author

Ilana Stanger-Ross was born and raised in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Lilith and The Bellevue Literary Revue. She is currently a student midwife at the University of British Columbia. She lives in Vancouver, Canada and Brooklyn, New York.

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emmejo, March 9, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Sima runs a lingerie shop out of her basement. She appears to be a successful, respected woman with a handful of close friends and a willingness to help any woman find what her body needs. However, Sima has a secret which has all but destroyed her marriage, her self-confidence and her honesty. When stunning Timna walks into the store and becomes her seamstress, Sima thinks the vivacious girl might be the lifeline and inspiration she needs to heal herself.

I began this book eagerly, but ended up dragging myself through it, hoping I was going to find the reason for the compelling cover description and reviews. My main problem was Sima's weak, selfish, bitter, demanding personality and behavior. I found myself disgusted by her so frequently that it was impossible for me to feel anything but fleeting sympathy for her problems. This wasn't helped by the fact that she didn't seem to think anyone else was capable of thinking or feeling. She was dismissive and rude whenever confronted with something that disagreed with what she felt should be happening. As she is the main character and the story is told from her POV, this quickly turned every other character into a bland, tissue paper-thin, statue. At the end of the book, I didn't feel she had made any important personal progress. She was just as disconnected from reality and fair treatment of others as at the beginning.

The writing was solid and smooth, but nowhere near good enough to make me think kindly of this book.

Perhaps this book would do better with someone who has a different worldview from me, with a different idea of personal emotional responsibility. It certainly has gotten good reviews from many others.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143117483
Author:
Stanger Ross, Ilana
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Stanger-Ross, Ilana
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.84x5.76x.56 in. .50 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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"Synopsis" by , Prize-winning writer Stanger-Ross has created a secret underground New York sisterhood where women of every shape and creed can come to share their milestones, laughter, loves, and losses, against a backdrop of discount lingerie.
"Synopsis" by ,

Read Ilana Stanger-Ross's posts on the Penguin Blog.

A heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship amid love, loss, and lingerie

In the basement of her Brooklyn apartment, Sima Goldner welcomes women of all shapes and sizes with warmth, acceptance-and a bra that gives them the support and lift they need. But Sima, regretfully childless at sixty, and harboring a secret that has embittered her marriage, can't seem to do the same for herself. Then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, arrives in search of a demi-cup and stays on to become the shop's seamstress. As they laugh, gossip, and sell lingerie, Sima finds herself awakening to hope and the possibility of happiness in this beguiling story of New York's underground sisterhood, and one woman's second chance.

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