Alice in Bed

Alice in Bed

A Novel

Book - 1983
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Alice in Bed is, not surprisingly, about Alice in bed. Sound sexy? In part, it is, which is very surprising. For though Alice is indeed as sexy as a bright, beautiful, liberated postadolescent can be, the bed she occupies is a hospital bed, where she is visited by a succession of doctors, good, bad, enormously indifferent to her pain but in several cases extremely responsive to her charms. Mention should also be made of less than dedicated nurses, splitting parents, weirdo relatives, and a multitude of others as mystified as Alice is about the mysterious malady that has placed her in this highly compromised position. Fortunately, Alice is far more than a sexy sickie. She is wise beyond her years, witty past all propriety, and as fresh and funny a heroine as has ever graced the pages of a novel. As a cure for all that ails you, Alice in Bed rivals penicillin and even (dare we say it) chicken soup.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1983
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394529820
Branch Call Number: SCH
Characteristics: 227 p. ;,22 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.

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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