When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. But little does she know that her newfound love is only the harbinger of greater changes to come. Meanwhile, across town, Clare Hobbs—eleven years old and abandoned by her erratic... read more
Cornelia Brown works at a coffee shop in Philadelphia. One day, a man, Martin Grace, walks into the shop, and the two have an ease with each other that draws them together. They begin to date. Eventually, Cornelia discovers that Martin has a daughter, Clare, with whom he has little to no... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Cornelia Brown works at a coffee shop in Philadelphia. One day, a man, Martin Grace, walks into the shop, and the two have an ease with each other that draws them together. They begin to date. Eventually, Cornelia discovers that Martin has a daughter, Clare, with whom he has little to no relationship. Clare and Martin show up at the coffee shop when Clare is in crisis, and Martin needs Cornelia's help. Cornelia bonds with the girl immediately and puts her life on hold to help this girl who needs her so much.
“I've always found allegories kind of comforting. When you encounter people named Liar and Abstinence, you might not be crazy about them, but you know exactly what you're getting into.”Cornelia Brown
“I'm five feet tall and built like a preteen, eighty-five pounds soaking wet, as my father says, and my fear is that, given my smallness, jewelry will make me look like a geegaw or doodad, a spangly ornament to hang on a tree. It's a shame, too, because I adore it. Not so much Phaedra's kind -- cool, angular objects--but serious jewels: diamonds, cuffs and chokers, brooches like shooting stars, tiaras, Jean Harlow jewels, Irene Dunne on the ship in Love Affair.”Cornelia Brown
“In college, I took a film studies class subtitled something like "Turning the Formula on Its Head" in which the professor talked about the trick The Philadelphia Story pulls off. It should never have worked: creating a fantastic love scene between two characters whom you know are not in love with each other, getting you somehow to root for them wholeheartedly during the scene, but then to feel completely satisfied when they end up with other people.”Cornelia Brown
“I'll admit it. I've always been more than a little proud of myself for having been fourteen and deeply benighted about almost everything, but having had the sense to recognize what is surely a universal truth: Jimmy Stewart is always and indisputably the best man in the world, unless Cary Grant should happen to show up.”Cornelia Brown
“Let's just say that, from a fairly early age, my home life felt like a movie set I'd stumbled onto by accident. If you've seen Katharine Hepburn as a Chinese revolutionary in Dragon Seed, you know what I'm talking about. Good intentions, talented players, everyone trying hard. Just bad casting.”Cornelia Brown
““But the atmosphere Teo and Cornelia carried around with them was playful, affectionate and what else? Accepting. When Clare entered this atmosphere, she felt free, as though what she thought and said were just fine.””Clare
““Childhood happiness means car rides, sleepy ones, in the backseat with hazy, golden light pouring in or hazy silver light, depending on the hour, leaning against Olly or Toby or Cam, music on the radio, the sound of our parents talking, and always our parents, there, up front, capable, keeping watch, protecting us with a boundless benevolence, carrying all of us down the right road.””
“It didn't make sense to feel more alone after this conversation, she thought. It wasn't like she'd lost something, because there was never anything to lose. But she felt more alone anyway.”Clare
““…my hand tucked into the crook of his arm in a way that cried out for me to be in pearl-buttoned, wrist-length gloves; and then, in the foyer of my apartment building, we filled five minutes with kisses so delicate, so intimate and gentle that, afterward, I walked up the stairs to my apartment, carrying the moment carefully as though it were a glass globe full of butterflies.””Cornelia
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