Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I Really Liked This Book

Love Walked In
From Powell's Books website:
For thirty-one-year old Cornelia Brown, life is a series of movie moments, and "Jimmy Stewart is always and indisputably the best man in the world, unless Cary Grant should happen to show up."

So imagine Cornelia's delight when her very own Cary Grant walks through the door of the hip Philadelphia café she manages. Handsome and debonair, Martin Grace sweeps Cornelia off her feet, becoming Cary Grant to Cornelia's Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable to her Joan Crawford.
Meanwhile, on the other side of town, eleven-year-old Clare Hobbes must learn to fend for herself after her increasingly unstable mother has a breakdown and disappears. With no one to turn to, Clare seeks out her estranged father, and when the two of them show up at Cornelia's café, the lives of Cornelia and Clare are changed in drastic and unexpected ways.

A cinematic and heartfelt debut that pays homage to the classic Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story, Love Walked In is sure to win over critics and readers of contemporary fiction.
I really liked this book. It's chic lit, it's an easy read. But it does take some deep issues and explore them, like what it means to be a parent, that kind of thing. I was hooked from the first page, and I was sad last night when I finished it. So...if you're interested, pick up a copy. I can loan you mine, if you promise it won't end up under the coffee table. ;)


Cherry said...

does one have to have seen 'Philidelphia Story' to appreciate this book?

It's in my Netflix queue, but keeps getting shoved down the list in favor of newer films.

J said...

I don't think it's manditory, but the protaginist does. Couldn't hurt. Bump it up a bit. ;)

Pony Storm's Ride said...

Speaking of which...the Broadway musical to end all Broadway musicals, HIGH SOCIETY was based on PHILADELPHIA STORY. It was terrific in the winter of 1957, and it still is worth an occasional good listenting-to. The movie version with Crosby, Sinatra, Grace Kelly, Louis Armstrong and Celeste Holm, ain't half bad, either.

How you are able to raise a daughter, and be as mentally active as you are, is commendably mind-boggling!