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A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 Paperback – June 28, 2005
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A Cup of Tea is a well-crafted, terse novel that reads like a good short story. It's a refreshing step back to yesterday, a time when the fates picnicked on the glass slopes of privilege. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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From "Loose Diamonds...and other things I've lost and found along the way", in the story titled, 'Champagne By the Case' which was also published in The New York Times' "T" Magazine's August 2011 womens' issue.
(Sometimes) out of chaos comes order.
(a modern twist on the Neitzsche quote.)
Amy Ephron is a writer who lives in Los Angeles. In addition to her novels and non-fiction books and essays which have appeared in Vogue, House Beautiful, the Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, etc, she has a column at The New York Times' "T" on-line called "L.A. POV" which skitters around fashion, entertainment, food, art, architecture, & occasionally the criminal court system.
author's note: I first read the word "skitters" in Kay Thompson's "Eloise at the Plaza," which is still one of my favorite books.
Top Customer Reviews
Set in 1917 NYC, Rosemary, a very prominent society girl, decides to help a young woman, Eleanore Smith, by getting her off the street corner and out of the rain, to bring her home for a cup of tea and some dry clothes. While there, Rose's fiancé Philip comes by, and an unmistakable look of want passes between he and Eleanore. Rose quickly gets the girl out of the house and thinks nothing more of the incident.
But Philip hasn't forgotten about the beautiful young woman, and what takes place in the following pages forever changes the lives of everyone one involved. I finished this book in a day, just picking it up in between chores and other things. It was very hard to put back down. The chapters are very small, only a few pages, and you'll become engrossed in this book from the first one. I highly recommend this book as a great afternoon read. You won't be disappointed.
laughably melodramatic. While it's a quick read (because many of the chapters are two pages long or less, as if each were
written in a hurry), it still felt like a waste of time. It isn't even up to the standards of cheap romance novels; at least
those strive to be entertaining. This book seems listless, as if the author was so bored by her own characters that she just
wanted to get the story written as quickly as possible. Presumably the editor was in a hurry, too; the text has the sloppiest
editing I've ever come across. The usage and grammar are awkward (a character "sort of vaguely" makes a gesture); the punctuation is annoyingly haphazard. If neither the author nor the editor care enough to put a minimal amount of effort into
the book, you shouldn't put any effort into reading it, either.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although a short read, I found it engaging. I found myself unable to put it down. Finished reading it in a few hours and was glad I read it. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Mona
I enjoyed this novel. It is an interesting WW2 England period piece. A charming story. Amy Ephron follows her sisters in being in being an excellent writer.Published 2 months ago by cathryn anderson
It is a sort story and an easy read. Good for someone who has a short window of time. An interesting story but was caught off guard by the ending.Published 3 months ago by hewags
Liked the book a bit predictable but enjoyed the twists and turns a few were unexpected. Worth the time to readPublished 4 months ago by michelle murray
Enjoyed this book from start to finish. Could not put it down. The only reason I rated a four instead of five is because it ended too soon. I wanted more.Published 5 months ago by Mildred Anderson
A poorly written, annoying book with a predictable ending. What a waste of precious reading time. If it hadn't been so short I wouldn't have finished it.Published 6 months ago by Zaddick