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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Smolinski Narrator: Xe Sands Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781470806057
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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 nineteen-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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderfully written, heartfelt novel about what to keep and what to let go of as you move forward in your life.”

    Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs

  • “Simultaneously breezy yet thought-provoking, this is a fun read that stays with you.”

    Sarah Pekkanen, author of These Girls and Skipping a Beat

  • “I loved this deeply felt, bravely honest tale of a professional organizer who discovers just how messy life and love can be…A treasure of a novel.”

    Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School and See Jane Date

  • “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

  • “This is a pleasant and engaging novel with likable protagonists who evolve.”

    Library Journal

  • “Narrator Xe Sands does a good job with the drama and provides a variety of female voices…This audiobook will appeal to readers who enjoy female characters who overcome life’s problems.”

    Library Journal, audio review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " An easy, enjoyable read, though Marva's big secret was no surprise. I'm glad I'm not a hoarder, though I can see how easy it is to become one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 2/15/2014

    " Enjoyable. I liked reading it better than the ending--better at the beginning and middle than at the ending. Nothing earth-shattering but I liked most of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary sipp rigby | 2/8/2014

    " 2012 good quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alley | 2/1/2014

    " I have read her previous work and was excited to read this novel. Most of the stuff I read or try to read lately doesn't hold my attention so I am happy to report that I actually read this book from cover to cover word for word. As someone who is interested in professional organizing I was eager to see the plot unfold. The book is worth reading as it covers all emotions from all of the characters. I also enjoyed the ending and how the characters all learned something new and came together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/16/2014

    " I devored this book! A woman takes on a hoarding assignment. The book tells her story and the story of the hoarder. Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paula | 1/14/2014

    " I liked the cover. The actually book I liked much less. It was predictable and a bit blah and boring. I did like the character Marva. She at least added some spunk, fun, and life to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnathen Adkins | 1/6/2014

    " I was a little lost at first, but after reading it fully, I came to love it. I can relate in a lot of ways. I respect Lucy Bloom. The book is mainly about how hard it is to let go of things in life and the choices made in sacrificing things to do so. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/3/2014

    " A smart and funny, easy read. If I could award half stars I would give this 3.5. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charleen | 12/25/2013

    " yn "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Hinckley | 12/17/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - a light read w/a "happy ending" but also covers heavier topics like suicide, drug abuse and hoarding. I read Smolinski's book "Next thing on my list" and liked it as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Pecic | 11/30/2013

    " Good read. I really like the lessons the two main characters taught each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quita | 10/24/2013

    " After helping my 2 older sisters pack up their houses and realizing that every one has very different ideas about the value of "things" I enjoyed this book. It was sad and funny and a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 9/6/2013

    " I did like the story and the premise of the plot was different from my usual fare. Made for a good read as things unfolded and the narrator saw how she could "clean up" in areas of her own life. Great title. I listened to the audio and really liked the voice of the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheena | 9/4/2013

    " I loved Jill Smolinski's previous novels and was thrilled to find out she finally had a new book coming out. And this one didn't dissappoint. Loved the charcter's. Heres hoping her next novel comes out sooner than later "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia Coley | 5/22/2013

    " Good story, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wishni | 11/2/2012

    " Pretty good. Humourous in parts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Wells | 7/15/2012

    " This was a suprise, I loved the way this story was writen. What a novel (no pun) idea. Enough humor and truth and today to realy keep you into it. Thanks, I now have a new author to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kae Larsen | 7/6/2012

    " This was our book club book this month. I liked this one, because it was about hoarding and I am trying so hard not to be a hoarder .. hard to believe when I look at my basement though. Fun book :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 5/12/2012

    " nothing too exciting "

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About the Author
Author Jill SmolinskiJill Smolinski a transplanted Midwesterner who currently lives in Southern California with her son. She is the author of Flip-Flopped.
About the Narrator

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of the Nightwalkers series from Jaquelyn Frank. She has received several honors, including several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a coveted Audie Award, and was named Favorite Debut Romance Narrator of 2011 in the Romance Audiobooks poll.