Alice in Bed by Cathleen Schine
A Novel

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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.

About Cathleen Schine

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Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers and The Love Letter, among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.
Published January 3, 2012 by Picador. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There have been quite a few more-or-less comic first novels about young, bright suburban daughters with parent-and-lover problems—and it often seems here that Schine has given her wisecracking heroine a mysterious illness just to distinguish her from all those similar others.

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