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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (575 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ilana Stanger-Ross Narrator: Vanessa Hart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781415963555
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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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 2/20/2014

    " A nice read that shows how much we need to choose joy....and not wait for it to happen to us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 2/8/2014

    " A charming book about a woman in New York City who owns and runs a women's garment shop. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheryl Pashlin | 2/7/2014

    " This was a fast easy reading book but I felt an intense dislike for Sima, the main character. Her obsession with her shop girl, Timna, was a little too intense for me, a borderline obsession. Of course, I mellowed a bit at the end but it was too little, too late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 2/5/2014

    " I was expecting a lot more from this book. It is competently written but not exceptional, and the characters are not terribly interesting. I liked the Brooklyn setting, but didn't get a huge emotional catharsis from the plot. It was also quite slow in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/5/2014

    " This is the story about a woman in her 60's who has no children and runs a lingerie shop in the basement of her house. A young woman comes to work for her and fills a void in her life, but it also brings back a lot of past issues. The characters are well developed, but enough is left unsaid to keep the reader thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shanna | 2/4/2014

    " I thought this was going to be a lesbian book, but it wasn't. That's ok! It was a sensitive and interesting story, and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 1/19/2014

    " This book was really weird. In the end it was a touching finish to a confusing plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanor | 1/16/2014

    " A TALE OF YOUNG AND OLD. "

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

    " It was o.k. A quick read but ended kind of abruptly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/30/2013

    " This book gives us some great insite in what women need in their life to make them whole and how we can help one another. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia T. | 12/25/2013

    " Sima's shop is in an Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn, and although she is not devout, she is sensitive to her patrons. Plus, she deals in an unusual product - brassieres! We view their attitudes, customs, and we also view the neighborhood. Interesting, much a woman's coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 12/8/2013

    " Although it was a little slow at times and the admiration of Sima for her young employee got a little tiresome, it was a good examination of marriage and how people inadvertantly shut themselves off from those they love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 12/7/2013

    " When she hires a young shop assistant to help out in her lingerie shop, a middle-aged Jewish woman finds herself assessing the loss and regrets in her past, and how to spend the remaining years of her life. Strong women's fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 12/5/2013

    " received this book from a friend and i really enjoyed this story about women . fears and joys, loves gained and lost...very nicely written "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecilia | 8/14/2013

    " Interesting. I need to spend more time buying underwear -- Walmart and Sears are not the same as Sima's store! Without meaning any disrespect, I'm glad I'm not Jewish. The guilt, the verbal abuse...it would be too much to live with! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shari | 3/13/2013

    " No recommendation for this one. Sima's life is sad and lonely until she hires a beautiful Israeli seamtress to work in her lingerie store. There is some redemption at the end, but I hardly think that she deserves it. Sima is a completely unlikeable and creepy main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula Schuck | 3/2/2013

    " A Canadian author I have not yet discovered and I love finding new Canadians of merit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 8/28/2012

    " It looks like I read this book 3 times, but I just can't figure out how to delete two of them... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerrle Gericke | 3/11/2012

    " a different, interesting way to explore feelings and relationships "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Overlook | 2/11/2012

    " A wonderfully touching book. The quiet and personal description often made me feel like I was watching a play, performed only for me. It reads that intimately. Also, a great gift for mothers, I definitely already sent one to my mom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 11/30/2011

    " I read it because it was recommended by a friend. It was ok, but not as good as I expected from the recommendation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Southern Flower | 11/2/2011

    " This book started out pretty well, and then got a bit repetative towards the middle and then just went down the plot drain at the end. I expected much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 4/26/2011

    " Sima's shop is in an Hasidic neighborhood of Brooklyn, and although she is not devout, she is sensitive to her patrons. Plus, she deals in an unusual product - brassieres! We view their attitudes, customs, and we also view the neighborhood. Interesting, much a woman's coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcy | 4/8/2011

    " Although it was a little slow at times and the admiration of Sima for her young employee got a little tiresome, it was a good examination of marriage and how people inadvertantly shut themselves off from those they love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 2/4/2011

    " This book was not at all what I expected even though I am not sure just what I expected. Sima was a woman who could not find it within herself to forgive herself. At times I wanted to give her a good shake. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 1/29/2011

    " I think it is best to mind your own business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eloise | 1/19/2011

    " i like almost everything about Jewish women, particularly those living in Brooklyn. was depressing - major theme had to do with reflecting on the disappointments of an ordinary life from the perspective of a Jewish woman in her early sixties who never had children... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/22/2010

    " The author draws on a neighborhood that she knows well to bring well-defined characters to life through sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant dialogue and situations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caryn | 11/19/2010

    " If you think this book is about underwear, guess again. It is more about being naked and exposed, but not in the sense of being underwear-challenged. It's easy reading, not a tear-jerker nor a knee-slapper but it definitely makes you think. Ilana Stanger-Ross' cups runneth over. "

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About the Author
Ilana Stanger-Ross is the author of Sima's Ungergarments for Women.
About the Narrator

Vanessa Hart (1959–2014) narrated dozens of award-winning audiobooks in her career. She was a finalist for the 2009 Voicey Award for Best Female Voice and was a finalist in the 2008 Audie Awards.