For three decades Sima has owned and worked in her 'intimates' shop. In her tiny basement she has served many women through their life milestones. In her tight-knit community Sima's bra shop is the center of town gossip. When a young Israeli named Timna comes into her shop, Sima's life begins to change. becomes the new seamstress and Sima's begins to love her like her own. A childless Sima becomes to love and care for Timna, worrying about her decisions in life and wanting the very best for her. At the heart of the story is Sima's inability to have children. A younger Sima seemed to have it all, a thriving bra shop and a solid marriage. However, Sima's marriage was threatened when she was unable to conceive. After many months of hope, Sima began to worry that she would never become pregnant. She would never have what she wanted most. After many painful examinations, a fertility specialist confirmed her worst fears. Now at the age of sixty-five Sima's marriage is unfulfilled. Her husband, Lev is retired, and caught-up with his own everyday tasks. Sima and Lev are barely interested in each others lives.
I really expected much more from this book. I felt let down, and I like to think it was because I had very high expectations. I really didn't have any interest in any characters. I kept reading because I wanted to know more about Sima's infertility issues, but I just couldn't get into this story. Sima's motherlike relationship with Timna felt very unnatural to me. I felt like Sima was meddlesome, obsessive and creepy. It felt very forced. Timna felt lifeless, and I really didn't enjoy her character. I honestly didn't like any of the characters, I didn't feel absorbed with any of them. It was very hard for me to finish this one. I really hoped to love this one, but it fell short.