Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Ilana Stanger-Ross's Sima's Undergarments for Women is reviewed in Author magazine: "There are apparently numerous hidden stores strewn throughout New York’s boroughs. Deep in the basements of homes, men and women sell shoes, suits, and, as in the case of this book, bras and lingerie. This store, run for decades by Sima Goldner, sits in the middle of a thriving Jewish community. (With the action taking place almost exclusively in Sima’s shop and her apartment upstairs, the author generates an almost hot-house atmosphere. Every woman dreams of a finding a store with bras that really fit her, and when Sima interacts with her customers and displays her knack for helping them, the novel fulfills the promise of its title. Sima takes on a young seamstress, an Israeli girl fresh from her compulsory military service (another unexplored avenue), who’s in New York waiting for her boyfriend to finish his so that they can go traveling. As the novel progresses, Sima takes the girl on as the daughter she never had, and flashbacks slowly reveal the cause. Those looking for pathos and a well-drawn character study will be satisfied.”

Meet the author at these upcoming events:
NEW YORK: February 24th, Cocktails & Book signing, Bra Smyth, 2177 Broadway (at 77th), 7pm
PHILADELPHIA: February 25th, signing & reading & corset party, Delicious Boutique & Corseterie, 1040 N. American St. #901, 7:30pm, RSVP
WASHINGTON D.C.: February 26th, Book signing, Jaryam Boutique, 1631 Wisconsin NW Ave Georgetown, 7-8pm
NEW YORK: February 28th, Reading, McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, 4 pm
BROOKLYN: March 1st, Reading, Freebird Books, 123 Columbia St, Brooklyn, 7-8pm

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