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Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
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Apr 30, 10

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Read in April, 2010

Sima Goldner owns and operates a bra shop in the basement of the home she shares with her husband Lev. Lev, a retired teacher spends his days reading the newspaper from cover-to-cover and drinking coffee. Sima teaches the women who frequent her shop, located in the Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood, how to look at their bodies differently and to appreciate what they have no matter what their size is. But Sima is still ashamed of herself for making a mistake when she was sixteen-years-old which resulted in her being infertile. Sima never told Lev why she was infertile and over the years their marriage has become unhappy and bitter.

One day out of the blue, a young 21-year-old girl from Israel named Timna wondered into Sima's bra shop and ends up working there with Sima as the stores' "seamstress". Timna, a beautiful girl with great cleavage is just the type of seamstress and extra sales person Sima needs as she could talk anyone, regarding their size, into buying everything she picked out for them.

As time goes on, Sima and Timna become very good friends but Sima takes one more step, thinking of Timna as the child she never had. She watched out for her and tried to give her good advice. Timna, on the other hand, didn't realize Simma felt like a mother to her. With Timna's boyfriend, Alon, in the army and on the other side of the world, Sima tries too hard to give Timna advice on love, but her own feelings of love for her husband Lev, had dissipated over the years. Now Lev and Sima need to decide if their own marriage can be saved or is even worth saving.

You'll be totally delighted at the wonderful cast of characters, aside from Sima and Timna, that you'll come to know in this novel. The story is well-written and flows like a river. This is a book you won't soon forget and I'd recommend it to everyone. For a debut novel, Stanger-Ross has hit the nail on the head. I hope another novel is forthcoming!!


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