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The Pursuit of Alice Thrift (Vintage Contemporaries)
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift - Vintage Contemporaries Author:Elinor Lipman 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, ... more »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.« less
Every once in a while it's fun to read a book like this -- a book that's clever and entertaining and doesn't take much concentration. I've never read anything buy Elinor Lipman before but I'll keep her on my "authors to read" list because I have a feeling her other books will be clever and entertaining as well. The characters in this somewhat fluffy little novel (should I dare to call it "chick lit") are engaging and quirky -- even poor Alice Thrift herself who could be a poster child for a brainy female nerd, completely clue-less about just about everything that has to do with getting along with people. The plot itself seemed just a tad improbably to me - but who cares with this kind of a book? It was interesting enough to keep me reading, especially since it didn't take that long to get to the end. All along I had my suspicions about that sleezy character, Ray. And so I wasn't surprised when he ended up being such a jerk!