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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Poor Alice Thrift is book-smart but people-hopeless. She's a surgical intern at a Boston hospital, on probation despite honors from Harvard Medical School. When Ray Russo, social-climbing purveyor of carnival fudge, decides to pursue her romantically, Alice reluctantly follows. "Was it not flattering?" she explains. "Was I not insulted by evaluations that described my performance as workmanlike and my people skills as hypothermic? Was I not ready for someone, anyone, to utter words of admiration?"

Will Alice be humanized, ironically, by a slightly repulsive and shady character? Can a salutatorian find happiness on the bottom rung of her residency? Luckily, Leo Frawley, R.N., and Sylvie Schwartz, M.D., take on the task of guiding Alice through the narrow straits of her own no-rapport zone. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift brings the socially tone-deaf Alice out from under the burden of her clueless and beautiful mind.

Review:

"Elinor Lipman's novels remind me of a very expensive haircut; the type of cut so subtle and understated one may be fooled into thinking that the possessor was simply born with astonishingly perfect hair. So, too, does the simple elegance of Lipman's prose deceive....While the caution at the opening propels the narrative toward its foreshadowed conclusion, the wisdom and self-esteem that Alice gradually accumulates, along with a new faith in friendships, makes for an ending with a moral more complex than initially expected. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is more than just a pretty cover." Georgie Lewis, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)

Review:

"Snappy wit, a clever plot and the sheer fun of a book you can't put down...surely her best [novel] to date....Lipman's eye for social pretense has never been so keen — or so cruel." Publishers Weekly

Review:

Whimsical, heartwarming, and engaging....[A]llow[s] Lipman to do her magic, and the results are as expected — funny, pitch perfect, and utterly charming." Neal Wyatt, Booklist

Review:

"Lipman stretches her boundaries in her newest....A clever sweet tart, more tart that sweet." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Elinor Lipman's latest airy, lovelorn comic novel turns out to be her most buoyant, thanks to the utter haplessness of its heroine." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"[R]eturns Lipman to the very peak of her form. [Lipman's characters] are simply, wonderfully, memorably human and therefore complicated and compelling." Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

Review:

"Elinor Lipman reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is no exception." Susan Salter Reynolds, The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The great accomplishment of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is Lipman's ability to chart the course of this mismatch in an utterly persuasive way..." Karen Karbo, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift treats head, heart, and funny bone with equal respect." Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Empire Falls

Review:

"This is Elinor Lipman?s best novel yet, which I do realize is like saying that Krispy Kreme has finally manufactured an addictive donut." Stacy Schiff, author of Véra

Review:

"Elinor Lipman?s latest novel brings together the rare combination of intelligence, wit, and wisdom. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is a jewel of a book." Carol Shields, author of The Stone Diaries

Review:

"In this, the age of bogus Joe Millionaires and Barbie Doll bachelorettes, Elinor Lipman?s The Pursuit of Alice Thrift dares to pose the question Can the frumpy physician find happiness with the unctuous fudgemonger? The answer is, in equal measures, heartfelt and hilarious. Let Joe and Barbie live happily ever after. Lipman writes for the rumpled rest of us. I love this book." Wally Lamb, author of She?s Come Undone

Review:

"Elinor Lipman writes with perfect pitch. I started to underline all the bits of Alice Thrift that either amazed or tickled me, but I finally had to quit: there were simply too many." Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot?s Wife

Review:

"The Pursuit of Alice Thrift isn?t just beautifully written and bustling with memorable characters and rich in wisdom about the human heart — it?s also hilarious and full of surprises. Elinor Lipman is a masterful novelist working at the top of her game." Tom Perrotta, author of Election

Review:

"From the relationship wreckage, Alice emerges as an anti-Bridget Jones: a smart, centered woman who doesn't get the guy — and ends up better for it. (Grade: A-)" Jennifer Armstrong, Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Elinor Lipman is the author of The Dearly Departed, The Ladies’ Man, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel’s Bed, The Way Men Act, Then She Found Me, and Into Love and Out Again. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, Gourmet, Salon, Self, More, and Yankee Magazine. She has taught writing at Simmons, Hampshire, and Smith colleges, and won the 2001 New England Book Award for fiction. She lives in Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679463139
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Author:
Lipman, Elinor
Subject:
General
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Women physicians
Subject:
Interns
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
EDO-RC-89-10
Publication Date:
June 17, 2003
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.60x6.45x1.00 in. 1.16 lbs.

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Product details 288 pages Random House - English 9780679463139 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Elinor Lipman's novels remind me of a very expensive haircut; the type of cut so subtle and understated one may be fooled into thinking that the possessor was simply born with astonishingly perfect hair. So, too, does the simple elegance of Lipman's prose deceive....While the caution at the opening propels the narrative toward its foreshadowed conclusion, the wisdom and self-esteem that Alice gradually accumulates, along with a new faith in friendships, makes for an ending with a moral more complex than initially expected. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is more than just a pretty cover." (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Review" by , "Snappy wit, a clever plot and the sheer fun of a book you can't put down...surely her best [novel] to date....Lipman's eye for social pretense has never been so keen — or so cruel."
"Review" by , Whimsical, heartwarming, and engaging....[A]llow[s] Lipman to do her magic, and the results are as expected — funny, pitch perfect, and utterly charming."
"Review" by , "Lipman stretches her boundaries in her newest....A clever sweet tart, more tart that sweet."
"Review" by , "Elinor Lipman's latest airy, lovelorn comic novel turns out to be her most buoyant, thanks to the utter haplessness of its heroine."
"Review" by , "[R]eturns Lipman to the very peak of her form. [Lipman's characters] are simply, wonderfully, memorably human and therefore complicated and compelling."
"Review" by , "Elinor Lipman reminds me of P.G. Wodehouse, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is no exception."
"Review" by , "The great accomplishment of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is Lipman's ability to chart the course of this mismatch in an utterly persuasive way..."
"Review" by , "About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift treats head, heart, and funny bone with equal respect."
"Review" by , "This is Elinor Lipman?s best novel yet, which I do realize is like saying that Krispy Kreme has finally manufactured an addictive donut."
"Review" by , "Elinor Lipman?s latest novel brings together the rare combination of intelligence, wit, and wisdom. The Pursuit of Alice Thrift is a jewel of a book."
"Review" by , "In this, the age of bogus Joe Millionaires and Barbie Doll bachelorettes, Elinor Lipman?s The Pursuit of Alice Thrift dares to pose the question Can the frumpy physician find happiness with the unctuous fudgemonger? The answer is, in equal measures, heartfelt and hilarious. Let Joe and Barbie live happily ever after. Lipman writes for the rumpled rest of us. I love this book."
"Review" by , "Elinor Lipman writes with perfect pitch. I started to underline all the bits of Alice Thrift that either amazed or tickled me, but I finally had to quit: there were simply too many."
"Review" by , "The Pursuit of Alice Thrift isn?t just beautifully written and bustling with memorable characters and rich in wisdom about the human heart — it?s also hilarious and full of surprises. Elinor Lipman is a masterful novelist working at the top of her game."
"Review" by , "From the relationship wreckage, Alice emerges as an anti-Bridget Jones: a smart, centered woman who doesn't get the guy — and ends up better for it. (Grade: A-)"
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