The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally Koslow Online

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
Title : The Late, Lamented Molly Marx
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ISBN : 9780345506207
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320

The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-laThe circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her joie de vivre. Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly, thirty-five years old, is delighted to discover that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and, of course, her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients. As a bonus, Molly quickly realizes that the afterlife comes with a finely tuned bullshit detector.As Molly looks on, her loved ones try to discern whether her death was an accident, suicide, or murder. She was last seen alive leaving for a bike ride through New York City’s Riverside Park; her body was found lying on the bank of the Hudson River. Did a stranger lure Molly to danger? Did she plan to meet someone she thought she could trust? Could she have ended her own life for mysterious reasons, or did she simply lose control of her bike? As the police question her circle of intimates, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end: her marriage, troubled yet tender; her charmed work life as a magazine decorating editor; and the irresistible colleague to whom she was drawn.More than anything, Molly finds herself watching over Annabel–and realizing how motherhood helped to bring out her very best self. As the investigation into her death proceeds, Molly will relive her most precious moments–and take responsibility for the choices in her life. Exploring the bonds of fidelity, family, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart.

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx Reviews

  • Elizabeth

    I was sure I was going to enjoy this book, figured it just to be fluffy ChickLit and end it at that. It was more and I'm so glad.The premise of this book is what hooked me. Molly is dead and she is looking over her life and trying to help her loved ones navigate their grief and the mystery of how she died.Why not five stars? Well, because it is a lighthearted read and I'm trying to save 5 stars for those books that I just clutch to my chest and sigh deeply when I'm finished. You know the ones th [...]

  • Jeremy

    When I found out that gave away books through their First Reads program, I signed up for as many books as I could. When I won one of the first books that I was eligible, I couldn't believe my luck.When the book arrived, and I saw the cover, I realized that it may not have been luck that helped me to win, but an attempt at gender equality. I think that I was probably the only male who registered to win it, so they didn't have any other option but to choose me. :)This book was not written for peo [...]

  • Alison

    Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall while your friends and family, loved and loathed, talked about you and your possible murder? This is the adventure of Molly Marx. She allows us to join her from the fly on the wall perspective in the present, but also offers us glimpses into past scenes from her life as well. I was afraid this was going to be heart-wrenching like Lovely Bones, but it was nothing like it at all. Especially in regards to how the author deals with the scene of Molly's de [...]

  • Karen

    Spoiler Alert!!!It was interesting that 'everyone' killed her. She killed herself by having an affair thereby leaving her self open to the 'actual' killer. Her husband by allowing the actual killer access to his family. Her lover by having the tenacity to contact her even after she wanted out of the relationship. Her mother -in -law by not being satisfied with her sons choice of a wife and introducing him to another woman. In any one of these characters had made a different choice she wouldn't h [...]

  • Nely

    Molly Divine Marx is dead!But that's just the beginning of this book. Molly is in her "Duration". Duration= being able to see your friends, family, etc. and hear their thoughts, yet not be able to do anything to contribute to what they're thinking, feeling, etc. (a little reminiscent of The Lovely Bones). With her guide "Bob" she is able to navigate through this new state of being and is able to flit from one person to another as they try to solve the mystery of her death.The story starts at Mol [...]

  • Kelly

    Occasionally, a book grabs your attention and holds it over you, daring you to go to sleep, clean your kitchen, do anything that takes you away from its riveting plot. This is not that book.The Late, Lamented Molly Marx tells the story of a woman who died mysteriously in a bike accident (the details are fuzzy throughout), and her journey following her friends and relatives in the aftermath. The reader meets her philandering jerk of a husband, her perfectly perfect best friend, her beautiful daug [...]

  • Flannery

    Molly Marx died, but she doesn't know how. She doesn't pass on, though--she is still on Earth, watching over her family, friends, and her young daughter. She starts at her funeral and then relives different memorable times from her past. From her objective standpoint, Molly is able to see the truth of her relationships and what kind of person she is. At the same time, police are attempting to figure out the circumstances surrounding Molly's death.It was a little hard for me to relate to Molly wh [...]

  • Julie Valerie

    Let me start by saying Molly Divine Marx, the main character in Sally Koslow's book, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx, is someone I will NEVER forget. I was fascinated with her from the moment I learned the premise of the book - that she'd be dead during the reading. I was so heck-bent on reading this book, that when Sally suggested that either her Little Pink Slips or her With Friends Like These titles might be better suited to my 52 chick lit book challenge, I said (politely), "Nope. Gotta get my [...]

  • Učitaj se!

    Zanimljivo postavljena priča o životu jedne žene iz perspektive te iste žene, ali nakon njene smrti. Molly Marx umrla je u nesreći pri vožnji biciklom. Ubojstvo, nesretan slučaj ili pak samoubojstvo? To je na istražitelju Hicksu da utvrdi. Sama Molly ne sjeća se baš detalja tog dana svog života (svoje smrti?), ali zato budno prati živote svih ostalih ljudi u njenom životu, želeći vidjeti kako će nastaviti bez nje. Tu je, prije svih, njena obožavana kći Annabel, njen prevarantsk [...]

  • Original Doll (Lea Martinuš)

    Molly Marks je mrtva.No ovdje tek počinje njena avantura. Zapela u Trajanju te promatra ljude s kojima je bila povezana tijekom života: malenu kćerku, uspješnog ali nestašnog supruga, sestru blizanku, neugodnu svekrvu i – neodoljivog ljubavnika. Svi se oni na različite načine nose s gubitkom i prihvaćaju neminovne promjene koje su im poremetile živote a ona ne može učiniti baš ništa.Također, pokušavaju saznati kako je Molly umrla – njeno je tijelo nađeno kraj rijeke te ne zna [...]

  • Michelle Sallay

    I can only assume the reason I finished this book was because I didn't have a lot of extra reading time these past two weeks and I would only read a chapter at night so I was not able to fully realize that I was in the mind of the most annoying character of all time because the writing in the book was very good. I HATED Molly Marx! What was even the point of this book? She was able to just sit up in heaven and remember what a lame life she led while missing her daughter? I really hated her. She [...]

  • Lisa

    I almost didn't pick this up, because I thought it would be like The Lovely Bones. While that's one of my favorite books, its difficult subject matter wasn't one I was in the mood for. But this is a lighthearted, chick lit version. Molly Marx starts out the book already dead, observing her funeral from the Duration. She's a great narrator and will reel you in from the first page. The story goes back and forth between Molly in the Duration and Molly's past - how she died, and then her life as it [...]

  • Lesley Kerner-slaymaker

    For a spontaneous grab off an end cap display at the library, this was a nice surprise. Nothing too deep, just a good, original solid story.

  • Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈

    I thought this was a really fun book, and I breezed through it quickly. It is on the higher end of three stars.I really enjoyed the premise. Molly Marx, mid-thirties (think Reese Witherspoon), wife to epitome of absentee husband, father, and workaholic doctor (think cute doctor-lead from Royal Pains), mother to an adorable four year old, twin to a dramatic time bomb (think Katherine Heigl), best friend to a glamorous lawyer (think CeCe from New Girl), lover to a sexy photographer (think Josh Duh [...]

  • Sara Strand

    Somehow I have managed to snag, I kid you not, 5 books in the last month that have either a Jewish theme or a bunch of Jewish characters. Is this a sign? I'm not sure.But this book was interesting. Best book ever? No. Good read? Sure. I can't remember where I heard of it, but I think it was from Jen Lancaster's summer reading list. But I can't be sure. All I know is that this was on my to-read post it note and I can now throw that note away. :)Anyhoodle.So this book is about Molly Marx who you l [...]

  • TJ

    Another 3.5 that I have rounded up instead of down. The choice of which way to go seems to narrow down to how well written the book is. Those that, in spite of any problems I have with the story, are written well or have incorporated unique and creative themes or characters always rise to a 4. Those whose writing was just run of the mill or whose characters are nothing out of the ordinary, round down to a 3.With this book, the writing, the character and situation were interesting and delightfull [...]

  • Carol

    This is chick lit at its finest. Descriptive, detailed, with a heart and soul. The author gave us a great plot - I will only give away what is in the title, Molly Marx is dead. But rather than a who dunnit, it's a who did me? The story is written primarily from Molly's perspective, as she watches the world go on without her. We also get to know her friends and family, see their lives and read their thoughts. There is plenty of time to see Molly alive, adorable, loving and imperfect, as well as M [...]

  • Kay Wright

    I use the library like a candy store and make lots of impulse purchases. Many are disappointing but once in awhile I find a gem like this one. I'd never heard of Sally Koslow (mcCall's editor) or this book but I fell in love with the main character immediately. Molly has just died when the book begins, leaving behind her husband and young daughter. There's some mystery about her death, was it an accident, was she murdered, did she go off the bike path intentionally. The mysterious circumstances [...]

  • Laura

    Molly Divine Marx has departed her life and has become an observer. She has a finely tuned BS meter and uses it on the ones she loves and the person in charge of figuring out just what happened to her. Did she commit suicide? Did someone murder her? Was she run of the road on purpose while bike riding?I thought this book was ok. Molly was interesting at first, spying on her former life, trying to bring comfort from the after life to her daughter and best friend. But after a while it was a little [...]

  • Krystal

    To begin, I really had my doubts about how much I could enjoy reading a book that followed a woman, Molly, from the moment of death. It's a bit depressing, to always realize you know the end, especially when you fall in love with that character, which is exactly what happened. I loved the character of Molly, and though it was sad to realize I knew the tragic end of Molly from the get go, I simply could not stop reading the book. I can't recall ever reading a book where the back drop is some form [...]

  • Beth

    I stopped reading this book halfway through because I became bored with it. First off, I have to say that the author is HILARIOUS! The way she cleverly weaves together sentences shows real talent, especially how she does it right in a dramatic moment. I laughed out loud many times, especially at the beginning of the book. However, I found that she didn't capture my attention with the way she told the story. I found myself not really caring to know how the main character died because I wasn't rea [...]

  • Kayla

    I'm a sucker for books where the protagonist is dead but still trying to find their way. I'm not sure what this says about me. I am also a fan of the big reveal in a murder mystery, thus justifying the fact that I'm going to function on 3 cylinders the next day, having stayed up to find out that very thing. I'm still not completely sure I got the definitive answer to that in Molly Marx.This book is a quick read and I enjoyed the name of the afterlifee duration.d the dead people were quite compos [...]

  • Courtney Messenbaugh

    This book received a generous write-up in every woman's mag I picked up last month so I decided I had better read it. Well, the book obviously has a publicist with great contacts b/c while it's conceptually a clever book, it's not that well written, a bit too trite and obvious in sequence and not that it matters that much, but I found several typos in my hardback edition. Proceed to read with caution's only relatively enjoyable, but it is a quick summer read so if that's all you have the bandwid [...]

  • Emily

    This book was a mixture of Susan Isaacs (I love her humor) and the Lovely Bones. The protagonist of the story is the dearly departed. The story is part mystery, what happened to Molly, and part human relationships; both Molly's with the people that she left behind and their relationships as they move forward with their lives.This is a very good book and I am looking forward to my book club's discussion of this one.

  • Linda

    This book is narrated by pretty, young Molly Marx who died or was murdered at the age of 35. She is now in "Duration", a place you are after death which allows you to visit your family and friends. You can hear what they say, see what they do, know what they are thinking and feeling but you can't let them know of your presence. You are in "Duration" for a certain amount of time and then you move on. This book is both humorous and sad. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Josh

    This book was not my kind of book. I'm sure that there are readers out there that will enjoy it, but I was not that person. I don't care much for books about unhappy couples having affairs. I wasn't drawn into the mystery aspect of the novel either. It just wasn't a book that I could relate to or one that I felt that I would learn something from. It was well written and had the subject matter of Molly's life been different I would have enjoyed it more.

  • Kourtney

    I want to like Sally Koslow's books. But there is something in them that is just lacking for me. I think it is the way that she tends to go on describing something that does not enhance the story. At least that was the case with The Late Lamented Molly Marx. The only thing that kept me engaged to this story was the who-dun-it drama. Koslow is just not for me.

  • Anika

    Let me just say that the main reason I rated this novel 2 stars is personal preference. Molly Marx, the main character, is dead and is looking back on her life. Her life includes a three-year-old daughter and, as a mother of a little daughter, I just couldn't handle the sadness of that idea.All that said, it was a fine book in general. Mommy lit meets murder mystery.

  • Anne

    An interesting take on life after death with a mystery to boot. I really liked the main character, Molly Marx, even if she's dead! She narrates the story of her life and death from the grave, which is called the duration. In death she has the ability to not only see current events but to hear people's thoughts as they happen. Very funny in spots, and moving in others. A good read.

  • Jenna

    This book took me a while to read, but not because it wasn't interesting. In fact, once I finally sat down and started reading it I breezed through it in an evening. A fun, easy read that keeps you wondering who killed Molly Marx