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Review: Sima’s Undergarments for Women

April 28, 2009


By all appearances, Sima Goldner has it all –  a thriving business and a solid marriage, but she’s missing the one thing she wanted the most – a child.  When she didn’t conceive early in her marriage to Lev, Sima went to a fertility specialist and discovered that her fallopian tubes were blocked because of  a mistake she made as a sixteen year old.  When a young Israeli, Timna, enters her life – first as a customer and then as an employee – things change for Sima.  Sima is fascinated by Timna, almost to the point of obsession and comes to love her as if she were her daughter.  While Timna is quite fond of Sima, and enjoys working at her lingerie shop, she doesn’t feel the same way.  Through all of their ups and downs, Sima and Timna teach each other a lot about life.

I really enjoyed Sima’s Undergarments for WomenIlana Stanger-Ross does a marvelous job of developing the characters in the book, particulary Sima.  The characters are flawed, but believable – most of us have known people just like them.  I could sympathize with  Sima and I was so afraid she was going to get her heart broken.  The characters learned a lot about love, friendship and life from each other and ultimately become better people for having known each other.

Ilana Stanger-Ross is a graduate of Barnard College and Temple University.  Sima’s Undergarments for Women is her first novel.  She currently lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters and is studying to be a midwife.

I received this as a Library Thing Early Reviewer book, but put off reading it since it was in .pdf format, and I didn’t really want to sit in front of my computer to read a book.  I was able to download this to my Kindle, and reading it was a real pleasure.

25 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2009 6:18 am

    Yay for the Kindle 2! Thanks for the review.

  2. April 28, 2009 6:48 am

    This book is so different from what can be perceived from the cover. I would never have picked it up based on the cover and the title even. But glad to know it’s good.

  3. April 28, 2009 7:15 am

    I enjoyed this one too. Like you, I was so afraid Sima would have her heart broken. Too bad about that cover!

  4. April 28, 2009 7:51 am

    I guess it’s true…you can’t judge a book by its cover! This actually sounds very sweet. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. April 28, 2009 8:15 am

    Enjoyed your review.

  6. stacybuckeye permalink
    April 28, 2009 8:29 am

    Glad to see you are liking your Kindle. I must agree with the other reviewers that the title and cover are a real turn-off. Good thing I read the review. Sounds interesting.

  7. April 28, 2009 8:30 am

    I wanted to read this one too, but I’m not so lucky to have a kindle 🙂

  8. April 28, 2009 8:59 am

    Wow! What an interesting title! Glad you were able to get some good use out of your Kindle..LOL. I really wish more ARCs were available in that format. Would greatly reduce the number of stacks of books around our house! Jack, dog, is quite fond of making them topple over!

  9. April 28, 2009 9:10 am

    I’m glad you liked this one, Kathy! I read it when it was first emailed to me by Library Thing and I loved the book too. 🙂

  10. April 28, 2009 9:18 am

    looks like the Kindle is being put to good use!:) I came across another review of this book a while ag somewhere and the name instantly caught my eye. I should give this book a shot sometime..

  11. April 28, 2009 10:15 am

    Good thing you won that Kindle 🙂

  12. April 28, 2009 11:27 am

    Hi Bermuda,

    Just want to let you know that Wendi shared a little love for you at Little Lov’n Monday. Please stop by.

  13. April 28, 2009 11:37 am

    I wonder why she didn’t adopt (I mean, other than Sima)? Not really my cup of tea but I’m glad you enjoyed it! Know what you mean about trying to read PDF books. Even with a laptop it’s not very comfortable.

  14. April 28, 2009 1:08 pm

    Just like you to throw that Kindle in our faces… LOL! JK, of course! 🙂 I would have printed the PDF myself – which, in essence would be doing the same thing. This sounds like something I would be interested in reading.

    Tink, there are a lot of reasons why people don’t adopt. As an adoptive mother, I hear those reasons quite frequently. Some of those reasons are justified and others are not. I think that there are a lot of people who are worried about getting their hearts broken. While you never hear about wonderful adoption stories in the news, you always hear about cases where first parents kidnap or sue the adoptive parents for custody and win, etc… As someone who has had a wonderful adoption experience, it would probably be too easy for me to say that it’s worth putting yourself out on a limb emotionally. The truth of the matter is that you are doing that no matter how you become a parent. With adoption there is the choice factor involved. Other reasons are financial and concern that they couldn’t love a child that wasn’t theirs biologically.

  15. April 28, 2009 1:09 pm

    oh.. I want a Kindle.. just for this type of thing! Nice review. The unique cover and title peaks my interest on some days and other days I go for something else. 🙂

  16. April 28, 2009 1:43 pm

    This on looks really good Kathy. Thanks for the review. Glad you are enjoying your Kindle.

  17. April 28, 2009 2:15 pm

    This sounds like an interesting character study with some other stuff thrown in. Glad you are getting such good use of your Kindle.

  18. April 28, 2009 3:02 pm

    This one sounds good. Great to be able to read it on your Kindle, too!

  19. April 28, 2009 5:04 pm

    Great review. I can’t wait to read this one!

  20. April 28, 2009 5:38 pm

    I was also luck enough to receive this book and thought it was wonderful. I reviewed it over here

  21. April 28, 2009 7:47 pm

    SOOO Jealous of that kindle!! Glad to see you get good use of it though 😀

  22. April 28, 2009 7:54 pm

    I would love to read something on a Kindle just once..but I’m sure it would quickly become an obsession for me. Great review. I’ve marked this book as a TBR but your review has made me push it up a few spots!!

  23. April 29, 2009 11:00 am

    Whoo~Hoo for the Kindle = }. I was judging this book by its cover. I know… shame on me. lol.

  24. May 2, 2009 9:48 pm

    I’ve never heard of this one before but it does sound like a good read. Glad you enjoyed it.

  25. May 4, 2009 9:49 pm

    I’ve heard good things about this book. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.


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