Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross

In the basement of her Brooklyn apartment, Sima Goldner welcomes women of all shapes and sizes with warmth, acceptance-and a bra that gives them the support and lift they need. But Sima, regretfully childless at sixty, and harboring a secret that has embittered her marriage, can’t seem to do the same for herself. Then Timna, a young Israeli with enviable cleavage, arrives in search of a demi-cup and stays on to become the shop’s seamstress. As they laugh, gossip, and sell lingerie, Sima finds herself awakening to hope and the possibility of happiness in this beguiling story of New York’s underground sisterhood, and one woman’s second chance.

Originally from Brooklyn, Ilana Stanger-Ross is a midwife in Victoria, BC, where she lives with her husband, Jordan Stanger-Ross, and two young daughters, Eva and Tillie.

Ilana earned her Masters in Fiction from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she held a University Fellowship. She has been awarded numerous grants, including ones from the Leeway Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women Fund, and the Humber College Summer Writer’s Workshop, as well as a Ragdale Foundation residency.

A graduate of Columbia University’s Barnard College, Stanger-Ross’s fiction has been published in The Bellevue Review, Lilith Magazine, and online at; her non-fiction has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Walrus Magazine, & The Literary Review of Canada.

Sima’s Undergarments for Women is her first novel.