The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Meet poor Alice Thrift, surgical intern in a Boston hospital, high of I.Q. but low in social graces. She doesn't mean to be acerbic, clinical, or painfully precise, but where was she the day they taught Bedside Manner 101? Into Alice's workaholic and romantically challenged life comes Ray Russo, a purveyor of fairground fudge, in need of rhinoplasty and well-heeled companionship, not necessarily in that order. Is he a con man or a sincere suitor? Good guy or bad? His well-engineered cruise into carnal waters introduces Alice to a new and baffling concept, chemistry--and not of the organic kind. Is it possible for a woman of science to cure her own loneliness in the unsuitable arms of a parental nightmare? Luckily, Leo Frawley, R.N., who has a high threshold for Alice's left-footed people skills, and Sylvie Schwartz, M.D., fellow resident and woman of the world, take on the task of guiding Alice through the narrow straits of her own no-rapport zone. "Almost nobody writes serious entertainment with more panache," said theChicago Tribuneof Elinor Lipman. Now comes the novelPublishers Weeklyis calling "surely her best to date...a triumph...a book you can't put down." The Pursuit of Alice Thriftshowcases a rare and generous talent at the top of her witty, irresistible form.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2003.
ISBN: 9780679463139
Branch Call Number: LIPMA
Characteristics: 269 p.


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 10, 2014

Alice, a surgical intern, is definitely a flawed character, lacking tact and social graces. Lipman follows the progress of her “pursuit” by her social opposite Ray, who may or may not be trustworthy. This witty, enjoyable novel goes beyond “chick lit” with its keen insights and memorable characters.

May 18, 2013

Witty and laugh aloud story of a female intern who's complete lack of social graces makes her life more difficult than it needs to be. I'll read more by this author who has a deft way of handling descriptions and conversation. In other words, I'm enjoying this book a lot!

DebbyReese Jun 09, 2012

Another great little book by Lipman! Once again, Ms. Lipman is able to address sensitive topics with both humor and respect. The main character in this book is a medical intern who is probably autistic - trying very hard to fit in with others - not always quite getting it. This book was an easy, light read that was entertaining.

tpoqab Dec 11, 2011

early nov 2011

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