Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

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Stricken by a mysterious malady, college sophomore Alice Brody has suddenly lost the use of her legs. How does a bright, beautiful, and now immobile young woman proceed with her passions? As she convalesces in a Manhattan hospital, Alice finds herself attended by a motley group of visitors: indifferent nurses, doctors both good and bad, divorcing parents, and eccentric relatives. But Alice is a creature of many charms, whose wit can enchant those bearing even the worst bedside manner. With a captivating heroine of great comic depth, Alice in Bed is balm for whatever ails you.

Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st Picador ed
ISBN: 9781250002402
1250002400
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCHINE 2012
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 21 cm

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jeanner222 Oct 12, 2012

College sophomore Alice Brody is in bed, and she does not know why. The pain came on suddenly one night, and now the young woman cannot walk.

The first half of the novel covers Alice’s mystery illness (which is never fully explained) and focuses on her visitors—family, doctors, and other healers. The second half of the novel focuses on her recovery—a series of successful operations and her recuperation.

Strangely appealing.

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Nancybea
Jul 04, 2011

I loved this book. When you realize it's about a year of young woman's life spent in a hospital bed due to a mysterious and debillitating illness, you don't expect the book to be funny. But it is. Even though bad things are happening to the young heroine, she does not become a victim or a saint. She stays very human, retaining her humor, her pettiness, her silliness and her sexuality all through a year where she has been plucked from her life and deposited away, her parents divorce and life moves on around her. A year of pain is eye opening for someone who has lived a pretty darn pleasant existance up to this point. Does she experience some spiritual growth? Yes, but not in a sappy way. She just grows up more than she would have otherwise.
This book also captures the time and place (NYC in the 70s) in a way that feels completely real.
I love the writing - Cathleen Schine is a find.

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