"'Similarly thrilling' to Gone Girl...Smart social commentary meets taut heist when mom Sophie dips her toe into the black market art world, just so her family can have a nice home." —Better Homes & Garden
Her Heists Paid the Bills.
Her Family Paid the Price.
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.
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.
"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
"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
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.