This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx by Sally…

The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

by Sally Koslow

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
3717544,362 (3.68)23
  1. 00
    The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (hjjugovic)
    hjjugovic: This book explored the same theme first, and, in my opinion, better.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 23 mentions

English (75)  German (1)  All languages (76)
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
I have had my eye on this book for quite a long time and actually almost bought it once or twice. I don't often think about my own death, but whenever I do I think about who would show up at my funeral. Who would claim that we were friends? Have you ever noticed that a person suddenly seems to have more friends when they are dead? When I read the synopsis for The Late, Lamented Molly Marx I was thrilled to have finally stumbled upon a narrator who has the ability to view all of the aftermath of her own death. I was even more thrilled that it seemed as if it would be witty and lighthearted! After all no one wants to spend their days reading depressing books.

It started off okay. Molly seemed like a witty narrator and for awhile I enjoyed her comments and observations. However, that wit and enjoyment didn't last as I learned more about the person she was while alive. Honestly, I didn't care for any of the characters in this book. They all had some major issues that I think went beyond just being slightly flawed. I wouldn't want to spend time with any of these people, except maybe Molly's daughter. My dislike made it difficult for me to continue, but I still needed to know who killed Molly! I ended up listening to the entire audiobook just so that I could finally solve the mystery. (If you begin this and decide not to finish, I will be more than happy to tell you who killed her, where and with what.)

Because of the less than likeable characters I can't say that I really recommend this book to anyone. I like the basic idea but other than that. . . not so much. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit different and quirky. I suspected the ending would be as it was, so wasn't surprised, but it wasn't very clear who was involved, which I did find a bit frustrating. Also, the epilogue ties everything up in a nice bow, but that didn't bother me. I really liked Molly's 'voice'. I appreciated her humor and insight as the book went on. This book was off the beaten path, and I appreciated that about it. ( )
  JulesDashwood | Sep 11, 2016 |
3.5 stars. I'm impressed that such a dark concept (a woman looking back in her lived one's from the afterlife, hearing their thoughts, observing their interactions, watching them try to make sense of her death) could be successfully given such a light and entertaining treatment.

Incidentally, I've been slogging through a David Foster Wallace book so slowly that I'd started wondering what had happened to my ability to chew through books. Fortunately, this restored my faith in myself. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
Molly Marx is dead but tells her story from a limbo-like place called the Duration. She follows the investigation into her death while visiting all of her family and friends. Fast paced witty and just a little bit thought provoking. Great summer read! ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
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 when I was reading this book. While I liked her character and point of view, I could not really relate to her life--socioeconomically, having an affair, or having children. (oh, and obviously not being dead. Kidding!) This might sound ridiculous because who needs to relate to the protagonist to enjoy a book, right? I think this is only the case for me in a few instances, one of which is chick lit or women's fiction. I found her narration very funny and witty from the get-go but it didn't hold up for the entirety.

Overall, I feel like this book is well-written and more interesting than most popular women's fiction out there. And I see that Target even picked it up for their limited collection of books. Brava [a:Sally Koslow|66632|Sally Koslow|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1275957349p2/66632.jpg]!

I won this ARC from the Goodreads Giveaway program. Thanks to the publisher! ( )
  FlanneryAC | Mar 31, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 75 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
"The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible."
Oscar Wilde
To Rob, Jed and Rory
First words
When I imagined my funeral, this wasn't what I had in mind.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
A tender, witty novel about love, loss, marriage and motherhood. A wife and mother, 35, has died under mysterious circumstances, and looks down at those she leaves behind from an after-life location called The Duration. Told in first-person with a third-person back-story.
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Her enviable life having ended, Molly Marx now finds herself led by an unorthodox guide in the afterlife, where she can observe the friends and family she left behind and, as she watches them try to investigate her mysterious end, Molly relives her past.… (more)

» see all 5 descriptions

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Sally Koslow's book The Late, Lamented Molly Marx was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Sign up to get a pre-publication copy in exchange for a review.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.68)
1 3
1.5 1
2 8
2.5 3
3 28
3.5 12
4 76
4.5 4
5 16

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 136,352,328 books! | Top bar: Always visible