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Alice in Bed

A Novel

Cathleen Schine

Picador

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.

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For four weeks she had been living in her parents’ big bed—a king-size bed, extra long because her father was tall and had big feet. She stared at the ceiling and remembered lying on the bed as a child, groaning with impatience as her mother put on lipstick or talked on the phone. Every morning, before it was really light, she had trailed her father around the bed, stepping in the enormous talcum-powder prints he left on the carpet. She followed him to the closet where he kept his big shoes, to the bathroom where she listened to the buzzing of his electric
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Praise for Alice in Bed

"A sprightly novel. Schine has a real caricaturist’s flair." —John Updike, The New Yorker

"Schine has a knack for seeing the reality hiding behind eccentric behavior and for laughing when she might just as easily be in tears….Hilarious!" —Newsweek

"Alice in Bed is so exceptionally funny and beguiling." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A fluent writer...an engaging voice...We go on reading briskly because we want to know Alice better." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A sprightly novel. Schine has a real caricaturist’s flair." —John Updike, The New Yorker

"Schine has a knack for seeing the reality hiding behind eccentric behavior and for laughing when she might just as easily be in tears….Hilarious!" —Newsweek

"Alice in Bed is so exceptionally funny and beguiling." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A fluent writer...an engaging voice...We go on reading briskly because we want to know Alice better." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Cathleen Schine

  • Cathleen Schine is the author of The Three Weissmanns of Westport, To the Birdhouse, 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. She grew up in Westport, Connecticut, and lives in New York City and Venice, California.
  • Cathleen Schine James Hamilton
    Cathleen Schine
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Alice in Bed

A Novel

Cathleen Schine

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