The Pursuit of Alice Thrift by Elinor Lipman

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In her newest well-tuned, witty, and altogether wonderful novel, bestselling author Elinor Lipman dares to ask: Can an upper-middle-class doctor find love with a shady, fast-talking salesman?

Meet 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 blunt, but where was she the day they taught Bedside Manner 101? Into Alice’s workaholic and wallflower life comes Ray Russo, a slick traveling fudge salesman in search of a nose job and well-heeled companionship, but not necessarily in that order. Is he a conman or a sincere suitor? Good guy or bad? Alice’s parents, roommate, and best friend Sylvie are appalled at her choice of mate. Despite her doubts, Alice finds herself walking down the aisle, not so much won over as worn down. Will their marriage last the honeymoon? Only if Alice’s best instincts can triumph over Ray’s unsavory ways.

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About Elinor Lipman

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Elinor Lipman is the author of seven books: the novels The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, The Dearly Departed, The Ladies' Man, The Inn at Lake Devine, Isabel's Bed, The Way Men Act, Then She Found Me, and a collection of stories, Into Love and Out Again. She has been called "the diva of dialogue" (People) and "the last urbane romantic" (Chicago Tribune). Book Magazine said of The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, "Like Jane Austen, the past master of the genre, Lipman isn't only out for laughs. She serves up social satire, too, that's all the more trenchant for being deftly drawn." Her essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Gourmet, Chicago Tribune, and The New York Times' Writers on Writing series. She received the New England Booksellers' 2001 fiction award for a body of work.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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At the elaborate after-the-fact wedding, Alice discovers Ray’s “dead wife” is in fact a living girlfriend.

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Still, when Alice's roommate invites her home to a family dinner, Alice says in typical Alice fashion, "I'd welcome the opportunity to observe you in a family context."

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Entertainment Weekly

Lipman takes you so far into Alice's hyper-logical brain that you truly believe, as Alice wants to, that Ray could be her savior -- even though the book, The Pursuit of Alice Thrift, first chapter reveals that he'll end up ''a husband of short duration.'' From the relationship wreckage, Alice eme...

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Alice attracts a fudge salesman named Ray who wants to marry her, but he may have ulterior motives.

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It's not love that possesses Alice (conveying a mad attraction of opposites would be a far simpler task) but loneliness, the desire to feel normal, to feel as if she has a life -- which turns out not to mean what Dr. Alice Thrift, despite her tremendous I.Q., once thought it did."

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