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Jenny Gilbert is what you might call a hoarder, but she's a neat hoarder. She's a clean hoarder. And she's keeping it ALL a big secret.

To everyone who knows her, Jenny is a successful young college counselor. But secretly, she is also a collector, some may even say a hoarder. As a former military brat, she is on a mission to find and reacquire the many relics of her chil
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Dawn Hosmer
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I started reading Things, I didn't want to put it down. It was an easy read that pulled me in from the start. One minute I could completely empathize with the main character and the next I wanted to shake her and tell her to pull herself together. Garson did a great job at exploring the emotional attachments people form to objects and how hoarding behavior manifests itself. ...more
Mrs. Y
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Francine Garson is a sweet person and a wonderful writer. Francine's book is called "Things," which she asked me to read for an honest review. I picked "Things" up on Kindle Unlimited, and this is my review. For the record, I read the book in one day.

Let me go into my first impressions here, and "Things" had my attention from moment one, on page one, on chapter one. The premise that the reader initially has is a unique one, and I don't want to give spoilers. The protagonist purchases something
J.J. Lair
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book grabbed me at the first page. The fathers evaluations of his life just pulled me in and made me interested in him. I love the concept of the Army brat with nothing now becomes hoarder.
Then the evaluation of things and life. The whole book was vignettes and metaphors. So much in this one story.
Grace J Reviewerlady
I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel, but I was impressed by both the quality and how accomplished the writing was - especially for a debut novel.

Jenny's family moved around a lot due to her father's army career; as an adult she still feels the loss of a solid and permanent home and has set out to acquire all the items which others can find in their bedrooms and attic when they return to their families. However, Jenny's obsession is beginning to take over her life and the consequences ar
Gina R Mitchell
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Things by Francine Garson really resonated with me. As someone who moved a lot as a child, I understand the importance of your “things”.

However, I got so frustrated with Jenny as her obsession began to rule her life. Why can’t she see what is happening? Is she actually going to give up her chance at love to keep her secrets? Can Nick reach her? Does Greg have an ulterior motive? So many questions.

The author has an incredible way with words. Her descriptions of the Jersey Shore make you feel li
Lisa Hodorovych
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just wow!

Francine did an amazing job of keeping you hooked into the story the entire time. From beginning to end you cheered for Jenny, you cried with Jenny, and you yelled at Jenny. I became so emotionally invested in the characters and so intrigued by the story that I didn't want to put the book down. My favorite part of the story, though, was being able to recognize certain settings as it took place in my home state of New Jersey. It's very rare that I find a fiction story based in Jerse
Arlene Novick
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunted by the ambiguity of her childhood, Jenny’s obsession with the past is causing her to lose the beauty of moving forward into the future. In a world where chaos and confusion seem to be the norm, Francine Garson’s first novel, set in New Jersey, is a neat package of skilled craftsmanship that has captivated my sense of balance and spirituality. Articulate in its simplicity of language and characterization, THINGS is an ideal and timely story for a movie about reclaiming hope for the future ...more
Vivian Fransen
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! Engaging characters and plenty of New Jersey mentions. Here’s a sample sentence: “He stands rooted to the floor, his back to me. A tree, unbending” (page 295). See what I mean? So much fun to read. It’s about getting in some serious trouble because of secrets and lies; so much is at stake in terms of holding on or letting go. The well-crafted storytelling and relevant subject matter make this book an excellent selection for book discussion groups. A fast-p ...more
Laura Buckley
Jenny has her life together. She’s a successful professional, living in a great apartment—what’s not to be proud of? But Jenny has a secret, in the form of a second apartment full of things she can’t bear to get rid of. Jenny is a hoarder and, as she embarks upon a relationship with a man from her past, she finds herself struggling more and more to manage the lies propping up this fictional outer life she’s been building up for years.

Things, by Francine Garson, has a very interesting premise, an
Marybeth Cully
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was ok

Interesting plot, a neat hoarder scarred by being a military kid. Ending too abrupt...too many characters on the fringe without tying them into the story in meaningful way and too many interesting characters not fully fleshed out.
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Author of FOLLOW THE LEADER and THINGS, Francine Garson is a former law school administrator and independent college counselor. She has also been a waitress, a factory worker, a deli clerk, a camp counselor, and the assistant manager of a bookstore. Her children are grown, and she lives in central New Jersey with her husband, a mellow orange cat, and lots of books.

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