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The objects of her affection : a novel
2014
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  Library Journal Review

Freelance computer programmer Sophie Porter has always wanted to buy a fixer-upper as a home. She finally talks her husband, Brian, a curator for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, into buying a charming 150-year-old house that needs a lot of tender loving care. Sophie is certain she can find enough work to help pay the mortgage, feed the kids, and make repairs. But much to her chagrin, her best-laid plans fall through, and the Porters are soon facing foreclosure. Unable to admit that they are underwater on the mortgage, Sophie resorts to lifting a few Renaissance items from Brian's office. She begins selling these treasures, only to attract the attention of the FBI. VERDICT Fans of heist stories and quirky tales will find much to appreciate in Cobb's debut novel. The author herself is a wife of a curator and gives the reader an alluring look at what happens behind museum walls. Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Debut-author Cobb reveals the depths of one woman's desperation in this creative twist on the heist genre. Sophie Porter has had trouble reentering the job market since the birth of her two children, Lucy and Elliot. Instead, she and her husband, Brian, must survive on his salary as a Philadelphia Museum of Art curator. The Porters buy a historic Philadelphia row house, believing it will provide them with them safety and security, only to find themselves trapped in a bad mortgage. Since Brian's job gives Sophie access to the museum's mass of uncatalogued items, she decides a few thefts would likely go unnoticed, and could keep the family afloat financially. Her desperate measures, however, soon becomes a compulsion. Cobb's real-life knowledge of the museum acquisition process-she's married to a curator-imbues this sizzling tale of suspense and moral dilemmas with a heightened sense of realism. Agent: Adam Schear, DeFiore and Company. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p>"Sonya Cobb combines the rarified atmosphere of museum scholarship, illegal art trafficking, and the sticky desperation of young motherhood to craft a superbly written thriller."--Karen Engelmann, author of The Stockholm Octavo. <p>Her Heists Paid the Bills.<br> Her Family Paid the Price. <p>Sophie Porter is the last person in the world you'd expect to be stealing Renaissance masterpieces--and that's exactly why she's so good at it. Slipping objects out of her husband's office at the Philadelphia Museum of Art satisfies something deep inside, during a time in her life when satisfactions are few and far between. <p>Selling the treasures also happens to keep their house out of foreclosure -- a house that means everything to Sophie. But the FBI is sniffing around, and Sophie is close to destroying the very life she's working so hard to build. She knows she should give up her thieving ways. But she may no longer be in control. The Objects of Her Affection is a riveting story about the realities of motherhood, the perils of secrecy, and the art of appraising the real treasures in our lives. <p>"This thrilling, emotional, and tautly paced novel will appeal to fans of The Book Thief... Cobb's brilliant first novel is the story of a woman with nothing and everything to lose."--Booklist, starred review.
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