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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (2 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007161190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007161195
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,718,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Elinor Lipman's latest novel brings together the rare combination of intelligence, wit, and wisdom. A jewel of a book.' Carol Shields

'Imagine, if you can, a cross between Philip Roth and Melissa Bank.'
Maggie O'Farrell Independent on Sunday

'I started to underline all the bits of Alice Thrift that either amazed or tickled me, but I finally had to quit: there were simply too many.' Anita Shreve

'About the best trick any writer can possess is the ability to make everything look easy, even to other writers who know better. Elinor Lipman possesses this gift in spades, and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift treats head, heart and funnybone with equal respect.' Richard Russo

'Elinor Lipman was born with an ear for dialogue sharper than an electronic listening system. Her situations and her characters sparkle with life.' Elizabeth Buchan, The Times

About the Author

Elinor Lipman is the author of six other novels, including, The Ladies’ Man, The Inn At Lake Devine and The Dearly Departed, also published by Fourth Estate.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
An enchanting novel, I read it straight through, and stayed up late to finish it on a work night! The story concerns Alice Thrift, a hospital intern who feels she can't connect emotionally or socially and takes things very literally (a spock-type soul).
Over the course of the book, Alice meets a man (who pursues her), makes friends and learns about the softer side of patient care. It's written in the third person, but with a no-nonense tone that matches how Alice's internal monologue must sound. There are a number of touching moments, the characters are intelligently drafted and some funny situations are found; I found it heart-warming and have enjoyed thinking back on it since I finished it last week.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2003
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Elinor Lipman has excelled with this one. For her band of faithful readers this is the funniest and poignant so far.
The heroine Alice Thrift is a doctor in training and somewhat lacking in social skills and bedside manner. Two friends come to her rescue. The dialogue is pure comedy reflecting life. Ms Lipman's talent for capturing ordinary conversations is amazing.
I loved this book as I did Isobel's Bed.
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Superb book, for a time I could recognise myself so much in Alice Thift that I even imagined wearing a white coat and becoming a doctor. This book is funny using every day natural situations and witt. I loved it!!
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