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Bogart and Bacall, Hepburn and Tracy. Their romances and their films have stirred the hearts and minds of movie buffs for decades and have set the bar high. But movies aren't like life…or are they? Marisa de los Santos' debut novel is a delicious modern-day fairy tale come true that's not only a captivating love story but a heartfelt homage to some of our favorite films, too.
Cornelia Brown is a 30-ish café manager: underemployed, alone, and hardly expecting to star in her own version of The Philadelphia Story. Yet that, remarkably, is just what happens when Martin Grace walks through the door. For a woman who measures life in terms of her favorite movie moments, this has Hollywood written all over it. Meanwhile, across town, young Clare Hobbes is living a nightmare. Forced to fend for herself when her unstable mother suffers a breakdown, and unable to convince her estranged father to respond to her pleas for help, she is alone and terrified. Oh, the drama!
So put your feet up, shoo the dog off the couch, and prepare for an extraordinary ride to a world where Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Jimmy Stewart set the standard; where an appealing, big-hearted heroine finally learns all about love; and happily-ever-after, though perhaps with some surprises, is finally given its due. (Spring 2006 Selection)