Megan Harlan
August 08, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Cup of Tea

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Amy Ephron
genre
Fiction

We gave it an A-

Set against the pampered backdrop of New York high society during World War I, this elegant love story was inspired by a Katherine Mansfield tale. In A Cup of Tea, self-satisfied young socialite Rosemary Fell has rounded out her ”perfect life” with an engagement to a handsome, self-made shipping magnate. One rainy night Rosemary sees an impoverished woman on the street and, moved by ”altruism,” brings the waif home with her for tea — only to be alarmed at the powerful chemistry between her fiance and the charity project. Screenwriter Amy Ephron brings a sharp edge to this love triangle with shrewdly drawn characters and storytelling as exquisitely sculpted as fine porcelain. A-

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