Jun 15, 2010

Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross

A heartwarming tale of an unlikely friendship amid love, loss, and lingerie

There are some life-long quests that all women have in common: meaningful work, true love, and a bra that doesn't leave red marks on your skin. With a gracefulness evocative of Amy Bloom and Alice McDermott, prizewinning writer Ilana Stanger-Ross has created a secret underground New York sisterhood where women of every shape and creed can come to share their milestones, laughter, loves, and losses against a backdrop of discount lingerie.

In the comfort of her Brooklyn basement bra shop, Sima Goldner teaches other women to appreciate their bodies, but feels betrayed by her own. Shamed by her infertility and a secret from her youth, she has given up on happiness and surrendered to a bitter marriage. But then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, becomes the shop seamstress. As the two serve the colorful customers of the orthodox Jewish neighborhood, Sima finds herself awakened to adventure and romance. Years after giving up on their marriage, Sima and her husband, Lev, must decide if what they have is worth saving.


Ilana Stanger-Ross lives in Victoria, BC.  Her work has been published in the Globe and Mail and The Walrus magazine. She has just received her Bachelors in Midwifery from the University of British Columbia.


Sima's Showcase sounds like a great place to hang out, and I wish there was a place like it in our neighbourhood.  Not only is this amazing little shop a place to get perfectly fitting lingerie, but it is also a place of unbelievable friendship, warmth and caring.

Sima had a major disappointment as a young bride, and she built invisible walls to protect herself from further hurt and disappointment. For most of her life she was in a lonely and unfulfilled place.  She basically felt sorry for herself, and did not allow herself to experience any joy.

When Timna, a young Israeli woman, comes to work in Sima's lingerie shop for a few months, the two women form an unlikely friendship. Through laughter, as well as trials and misunderstandings, they both finally realize that it is never too late to open the door to whatever life has.

This is a fantastic book about the beauty of friendship, transformed lives, and unconditional love.  I recommend this to anyone who would like a beautiful escape into the secret lives of some very extraordinary women, who just happen to be surrounded by beautiful lingerie.  Can it get any better?

This book is so much more than the story of a bunch of women in a bra shop. It is about how we deal with disappointments, challenges and frustration. We need to do more than just go through the motions in our life ... or we will miss out on what life is all about.

Thank you to Penguin Group Canada for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sima's Undergarments For Women
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks (May 25 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143117483
ISBN-13: 978-0143117483


  1. i totally love this book, too. i'm so glad other people are reading and talking about it!

  2. Thanks for your comments, Juju and Moonrat. This is a great book!!