Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski is a humorous novel about a 39-year-old woman named Lucy who is hired to aid a 64-year-old female artist to clean-out the floor to ceiling trash and treasures hoarded over many years. It is also a story about Lucy’s relationship with her drug-addicted son and her former boyfriend. Actually, the book is about a number of relationships, but these are the main ones.
Marva, the hoarder, is a cantankerous woman used to getting her way. She is also a woman with a plan which goes beyond cleaning-out her house. Marva is planning to commit suicide on her 65th birthday.
I enjoyed the story. The cast of characters are interesting and well-defined. The setting is colorfully descriptive and it was easy for me to relate to because the story takes place in Oak Park, Illinois which is not that far from where I live. The characters are human and believable; each having plenty of uncertainty and issues to contend with. I thought the story dragged a bit towards the end, but overall, I enjoyed it. It is a nice, light read.