Take two women. Each has a son, each has issues – different yet similar. One has spent her life doing things “her way” alienating many, becoming famous, losing a lover and finding out that things are more important to her than people. The other has given up everything, her home, her things her self-esteem to put her addict son into rehab. She, too, has lost a lover and feels that people are more worth holding on to than items.
What happens when these two meet and try to work together is a wonderful, funny, sad and meaningful story called Objects of My Affection. Marva has a house full of “things. Mostly worth tons of cash and she does NOT want to part with them. Movie trivia, statues, her own paintings worth millions, etc., etc., etc. Her son hires Lucy, author of a book on organization titled Things are Not People, to get around Marva and have the house clean and empty by May 15th. The date is decided by Marva as it is her 65th birthday.
She has acquired a lot in 65 years, neighbors have no idea because it’s all inside – there are paths to rooms. Hoarder? Possibly but there seems to be a reasons in there someplace and it’s up to Lucy to find it. Marva is a bitch. No holds barred, says what she thinks, calls in the middle of the night……Lucy is trying to find common ground where there is only trash. Marva’s son may hate her and we know from his phone calls that Lucy’s son feels the same about her.
How the trash becomes treasure and two women from opposite sides of the universe bond together is the stuff of a great novel. And it’s right here between the covers of Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinksi.