The stunning new novel from a sparkling comic writer who is on the brink of stardom.
Poor Alice Thrift: book-smart but people-hopeless. Alice graduated second in her class at medical school, but hospital life is proving quite a challenge. Evaluations describe her performance as 'workmanlike' and her people skills as 'hypothermic'. Luckily, Alice's roommate Leo, the most popular nurse at the hospital, and her feisty neighbour Sylvie, take on the task of guiding Alice through the narrow straits of her own no-rapport zone.
When Ray Russo, a social-climbing fudge salesman, dedicates himself to a romantic pursuit, Leo and Sylvie harbour serious doubts. Yet as the chase intensifies, Alice's bedside manner begins to thaw. Can this dubious character be the one to lift Alice out of the depths of her social ineptitude? Written with bite, pace and effortless wit, this seriously funny novel puts romance under the microscope with hilarious consequences.
'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
`Eleanor Lipman's dialogue of acidic and the comic ending is refreshingly unsentimental. She has created an unexpectedly endearing, well observed heroine.' Daily Telegraph
`This is a deliciously acerbic comedy, and Dr Thrift's scalpel-sharp wit is worthy of Jane Austen.' Daily Mail
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.