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Lift and Separate

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  3,055 ratings  ·  372 reviews
Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good supp ...more
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Published December 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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Theresa Alan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a great job. I thought the title was appropriate: Marcy's husband of 33 years leaves her for a younger woman, so now Marcy has to figure out how to lift herself up once more and separate the life she had and thought the life she was going to have with how things are now.

She has three grown children, and she also needs to separate from them--she keeps buying them their favorite foods despite the fact none of them live at h
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audios, ku-reads
Definitely don't judge this book by its cover (and more on that later...)

Review of the audiobook.

I'm always looking for Kindle Unlimited audios to make use of my subscription, and I'd read good reviews of this book. That cover left me wondering what I would be getting into, though! I follow the author on Facebook, and she's witty and fun, so I figured this would be a witty and fun book. It was those things, but it was also much more.

Marcy Hammer is a devoted wife and mother, and one day her world begins to/>Review
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
After thirty-three years of marriage, Marcy Hammer’s husband, Harvey, has left her for a younger woman. The woman happens be a model who works at the lingerie corporation he owns.  Marcy, who is in her mid fifties, is facing every woman’s worst nightmare.

Marcy is in a state of disbelief that her husband has left her. She is not ready to share the news with her family. She also fears idle talk and humiliation from the community she lives in.  Faced with a difficult situation, Marcy st
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining book and a fast and easy read. It definitely fits under the category of Chick Lit.

Marcy was married for 33 years to Harvey, her husband who owned the Bountiful Bosom lingerie company. Her husband was the love of her life and she was very happy until one day, Harvey comes home to say that he is leaving her. At first, Marcy cannot believe that it is true and refuses to deal with the reality of the situation. Eventually Marcy finds out that her husband has had a
Cindy Burnett
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tlc-book-tour
Lift and Separate was a terrifically fun and entertaining read. Marcy Hammer’s husband of 33 years, Harvey, informs her that he has been having an affair with a 21-year-old lingerie model. Several weeks after moving out, Harvey decides he wants to return home. Thankfully, Marcy has decided to strike out on her own and make decisions that benefit herself instead of always putting everyone else first. As she makes her way to a new life, Marcy makes new friends and comes to terms with her new life. ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The vast majority of women’s fiction (or chick lit, whatever label you want to put on it works) features a lead character in her thirties, at the oldest. Nothing wrong with that, I’m in my thirties and can usually relate to these types but it does get a bit stale sometimes. In Lift And Separate Marcy is in her late fifties and I really loved reading things from the perspective of a woman with more life experience than me. She was wickedly funny, resilie
Deborah Blanchard
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, for-review
I loved, loved, loved this book!! It is a heartbreaking yet laugh out loud funny book. It is about the main character Marcy's husband leaving her for a younger woman and Marcy finding herself after the heartbreak. It is so well told in Marcy's voice and I felt like she was my best friend. She goes through so much and comes out a much stronger woman , who is so much more than just a wife and a mother. She is a complex human being, as are we all. The secondary characters are just as well developed ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
"Lift and Separate" is about a woman who, in her fifties, must reinvent herself from housewife to an independent woman with a completely new lifestyle. Marcy Hammer is a woman who has been married to one man her whole adult life. After she learns that her husband has been "indiscreet," she eventually changes her thoughts and attitudes toward a host of new relationships.

I didn't find myself laughing as some reviewers have said. I looked at this book in more of an introspective coming
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Marcy is 50-something and about to get a fresh start in life, like it or not. After 30 years of marriage, her husband has just informed her that he'd like to put their relationship on hold--and, oh yeah, he had an affair with a 22-year old lingerie model. Marcy has devoted her life to being a wife and mother (to three now adult children), and the thought of not fulfilling the same role she always has is enough to send her over the edge. But with the help of her friends, her mother, her kids, a n ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Between 3.0 to 3.5 Stars

I picked up this little gem as I was leaving my library from a display near the door. It looked like a fun, quick read and it didn't disappoint. As you can glean from the summary, Marcy and her husband had been married 33 years before he decides to have an affair with one of the lingerie models that works at his prosperous company. While she and their three adult children are all in shock by this news, Marcy decides to not act the victim and take control of her life. Ups
I tried multiple times to read this book....

While it is well-written and had some great humorous moments, the story just isn't for me. Not every book is for every reader. This one isn't my style or what I enjoy. So....I'm DNF'ing this one at 70%.

Readers who like chick lit or stories about women overcoming divorce, extreme life changes, dealing with aging, empty nest syndrome....this is a cute book. Just because it isn't for me doesn't mean it isn't a good book.

Good writi
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mostly I love Goodreads for encouraging me to read more and to leave short reviews. The downside to Goodreads is that once I've said I'm 'reading' something, it's more trouble to work out how to change the settings to show I've abandoned a book than to just shut up and get on with it.

It was a moment of idiocy that led me to buy (admittedly for only 99p on Kindle) a book that was so clearly not going to be for me. I LOATHE chick-lit and making the chick no spring chicken still can't hide the fac
Jennifer Blankfein
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Marcy, a 56 year old devoted wife and mother of three is shocked and dismayed when she learns Harvey, her husband of 33 years who she loves and built a life with has cheated on her. Harvey, dedicated CEO of a bra factory has admitted to straying from his marriage to be with a young lingerie model leaving Marcy alone to pick up the pieces of her life; helping her own mother as she battles injury and illness, advising and guiding her adult children, starting a new job, and accepting the challenge ...more
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting this to be some light, funny chic-lit but there was a surprising depth to the story.
In her late fifties, Marcy suddenly has to lift herself up when her husband of 33 years walks out on her. To make matters worse, Marcy's mother becomes seriously ill. And to top it all of, Marcy is also slowly coming to the realization that she has to learn to separate herself from her grown-up children for whom she is still buying their favorite foods. Told with lots of wit and sarcasm, it was e
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Marilyn Simon Rothstein is becoming one of my favorite authors - her writing is sharp and fun and witty and I feel like when I read her books I can always be assured that I'll enjoy myself immensely and I'm always left wanting more! I breeze through her books as if I was spending the perfect summer day with my best friend. There's not thinking or dragging, just an easy relaxing day, reading a great book.

I actually first caught wind of her writing on Bookstagram as her other book "Hus
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marcy Hammer is married to the bra king for 33 years when he up and left her for a 32DD. If that's not bad enough, she was one of his lingerie models. Harvey can glance at any woman and immediately know her bra size and which one of his hundreds - if not thousands - of bras would be the best to "lift and separate". He is one of those constantly-on-the-phone people, always in touch with his global bra empire.

And then one day he goes missing in action. Thank God Marcy has a best friend
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Didnt think I would love this book. Just isnt my genre - BUT I loved it. How many things can go wrong in ones life? Just ask Marcy Hammer. She thought she had a great marriage only to find out her husband is cheating on her....he's sorry, she takes him back - then his mistress is pregnant. That isnt enough but her mom falls, breaks her ankles - finds out she has cancer! And dont get me into what her daughter is doing.

This book is so refreshing and delightful to read that I finished i
Keren Krinick
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED THIS BOOK! It is the 2nd book I've read by Marilyn Simon Roth Rothstein, and it's just as amazing as Husbands and Other Sharp Objects! A serious topic of marital disloyalty and heartbreak- told in the most hilarious way. Way to put a great spin on life! This was my first Audible book, and I couldn't wait for the next opportunity to listen to this story. Truly fantastic, I highly recommend!
Suanne Laqueur
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2018
The cute cover drew me to this book but I discovered it was a little deceiving. I was expecting something funny and light. It didn’t really deliver that but it ended up being an engrossing read. Marcy discovers that her husband Harvey has had an affair so she finds herself alone after 30 years of marriage. We watch as she picks up the pieces and decides who she is other than wife and mother. In the mist of this huge life change her mother is diagnosed with cancer and she loses another important ...more
Patricia Sands
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining read

Laugh out loud hilarious at some points and heartbreakingly tender at others, clever writing keeps readers fully engaged and cheering for the right outcome.
DJ Sakata
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Michael the Premed was my college boyfriend. He owned one pair of jeans ripped at the knee, played Frisbee on the quad, and ate whole overly ripe cucumbers while walking his pet hamster, King George, on a leash. He was mine from spring of freshman year until January of junior year, when he scored an A in organic chemistry. That day, when I brought a celebratory jug of sangria to his dorm room, I noticed a diaphragm in a pink case on his university-issued dresser. I co
Cindy Roesel
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

In Marilyn Simon Rothstein's novel LIFT AND SEPARATE (LakeUnionPublishing), Marcy Hammer's hubby didn't think twice about leaving her for a 32DD lingerie model. Well, now Marcy may have the last laugh. After 33-years of marriage, Harvey the home-wrecker has gone missing and Marcy is ready to put on her high heels and make friends with some new bosom b
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get past more than 25 pages of this dreadfully unfunny novel. I thought it was a memoir, but then the author said her husband worked at Bountiful Bosom and I realized it must be fiction. Here are some of the worst lines (that the author clearly thought were brilliant):

"Even an oaf with hiked trousers, no job, and the underarm scent of half-eaten food rotting in the trash can could score on the Internet."

"I think Harvey wants to be buried with me. He just doesn'
Jacinta Carter
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Books about women putting their lives back together after their husbands walk out to have a mid-life crisis affair have never been in my wheelhouse, so I did not have high hopes for this novel. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Rothstein creates complex characters, showing how important it is to surround yourself with family and friends who truly have your back and understand you. The biggest complaint I have with this novel is that a few of the characters seem to focus on one problem in thei ...more
Barbara Sissel
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Intuitive and poignant, LIFT AND SEPARATE, by Marilyn Simon Rothstein, chronicles the heartrending end of a long-time marriage with grace and warmth liberally laced with doses of laugh-out-loud humor. The marriage crumbles on an axis of betrayal and lies and leaves the family—wife and grown children—in a shambles of shock and confusion, proving divorce at any age has repercussions. What this story also proves is that laughter is the best medicine. I loved living within the pages for a little whi ...more
Leanne Keenoo
Nov 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A story of a woman who has been happily married for many years and now finds herself alone and struggling to find a new life for herself.
One of those books that is readable but not much happens.
Not my kind of thing really but I got it free as a 'kindle first' so gave it a go.
For me it was a little dull, not much or any excitement and just the story of a Middle Ages woman separated from her husband
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! And will be recommencing it to all mynfriends on goodreads! Cannot wait to read more books from Marilyn Simon Rothstein! Her sense of humor makes me laugh so much! Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Linda Zagon
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
MY REVIEW OF “LIFT AND SEPARATE”: A Novel by Marilyn Simon Rothstein
Kudos to Marilyn Simon Rothstein, author of “Lift and Separate” for an enjoyable,amusing, and “uplifting” novel. The genres for this novel are Women’s Fiction and Fiction. The timeline of the story is told in the present. The setting for the story is in Connecticut where the main characters live. I really love the delightful way in which th
Meredith Schorr
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was both laugh-out-loud funny at times and tear jerking at others. I especially appreciated that although the main character is approaching sixty, women of any age can relate so much to the character of Marcy and the comings and goings in her family. I'd be just as excited to recommend this book to my seventy-something mother as my twenty-something niece. I look forward to reading the sequel, Husbands and Other Sharp Objects.
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Marilyn Simon Rothstein is the author of Lift and Separate, winner of the Star Award presented by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association for Outstanding Debut. Husbands And Other Sharp Objects is her second novel.

Marilyn grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, married a man she met in an elevator, and owned
“Throughout high school, Ben strove to be as colorless as his room. He chose to blend in with the crowd, a popular white-bread crewneck group, with parents who summered in Nantucket and owned ski houses near mountains in Vermont. One Saturday night after returning from a movie with the happy-go-lucky girl he’d been seeing on and off, he told Harvey and me, in the family room reading newspapers, that he was going to come out in college. Neither of us was astonished, or even surprised. It was a relief to both of us. We had wondered for a long time. When we took Ben to college in Middletown, we watched the gay and lesbian groups chalk messages on the sidewalks at the top of the hill: Say hi to a bi. Give us a year and you’ll be queer. Have you told a parent you’re gay today? Ben was smiling. Ben and Harvey moved the station wagon out of a load zone, and I waited on a creaking swing in front of a building with the school flag, the American flag, and the state flag waving on top. Peace washed over me as though I had taken a pill for it. I wanted chalk. I had something important to say on the sidewalk: Have you told your son you’re happy for him today?” 1 likes
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