Sima's Undergarments for Women

Sima's Undergarments for Women

by Ilana Stanger-Ross

Gail Reid: At first blush, one might think that Sima's Undergarments for Women is a story solely about women-to-women relationships in the context of a lingerie shop in Boro Park, an Orthodox Jewish community in New York. Sima, owner of the cramped basement shop, forges a relationship with her new hire Timna, a young Israeli woman on her own. That Timna's actions and thoughts absorb and preoccupy the childless Sima become obvious; but more significantly it brings forward repressed and unresolved issues in her 40 year marriage.

Deeper themes include self reflection. The focal point of Sima's community is based on religion and family. Yet, she gains no solace from religion; and her experience with Timna teaches her that her sense of family is in need of change and repair. In spite of the fluff title, this is a thoughtfully written book.
Rating: ****

Judy Stanton: This fictional novel set in the Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish community takes you inside the head of Sima, the owner of a basement store where she sells women's undergarments. You feel like you're hearing her inner voice as she struggles dealing with her inability to conceive children -- looking back at the time she was trying to conceive as well as the here and now, where her loss still haunts her. The novel explores her relationships with her close friend, her husband and her customers, but focuses on Timna, her new employee who becomes like a daughter. You don't have to be childless to empathize with the impact of keeping feelings and life stories hidden and the impact that choice has on relationships and life.
Rating: ****

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