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Elinor Lipman
The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift
Elinor Lipman

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

The Pursuit of Alice Thrift

A NOVEL

Dedication (#u708a95f7-0d3d-54f6-93f9-42f937cab4fe)

For Mameve Medwed,

dear and exemplary friend

Contents

Cover (#ue9f1a0e3-d650-5fd3-8326-39722751f5ad)

Title Page (#ucbfccfe3-de69-54d9-a3b5-85788e12206e)

Dedication (#udfb0aec9-da77-5e61-8a29-0ef312fc147e)

1: Tell the Truth (#ub9dcd96a-9381-5d42-ba45-a7731d6a7abf)

2: Later Classified as Our First Date (#u8cec28da-df6b-5cda-83ae-92dbd0415a80)

3: Leo Frawley, RN (#u8312daa5-89d8-5d60-ad05-a409d27b063a)

4: We Entertain (#u41661226-b8fe-5eb7-ba8e-bc27226650ef)

5: A.k.a. the Transportation (#u11c48085-711a-53d3-9254-26fc60010b1e)

6: Alice Makes Up Her Own Mind (#ud26afc6c-4cb1-59bd-afa2-02e2c5381430)

7: Reveille (#u70ae8fcd-1a97-5334-9385-105d32e816ea)

8: Leo’s House (#u1c66d316-915b-547a-9de9-67e6b8a1aa8e)

9: Née Mary Ciccarelli (#u66c31e7a-1449-5172-946e-da4066f0b25a)

10: I (Nearly) Kill Someone (#litres_trial_promo)

11: Now What Do I Do? (#litres_trial_promo)

12: Clarification (#litres_trial_promo)

13: Ms. Bravado (#litres_trial_promo)

14: I’m a Normal Person (#litres_trial_promo)

15: Advanced Social Outreach (#litres_trial_promo)

16: Slow-Normal (#litres_trial_promo)

17: Venues Not Available to Me (#litres_trial_promo)

18: The Life of the Party (#litres_trial_promo)

19: The Annals of Surgery (#litres_trial_promo)

20: Saturday Night (#litres_trial_promo)

21: Social Work (#litres_trial_promo)

22: I Move On (#litres_trial_promo)

23: Here Comes the Bride (#litres_trial_promo)

24: Hiatus (#litres_trial_promo)

25: Do It for Dr. Thrift (#litres_trial_promo)

26: Plan A (#litres_trial_promo)

27: The Opposing Argument (#litres_trial_promo)

28: The Wife-Bride (#litres_trial_promo)

29: We’re Engaged (#litres_trial_promo)

30: A Free Woman (#litres_trial_promo)

31: Alice Thrift, A.D. (#litres_trial_promo)

Keep Reading (#litres_trial_promo)

P.S. Ideas, Interviews & Features … (#litres_trial_promo)

About the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Meet the Author (#litres_trial_promo)

Life at a Glance (#litres_trial_promo)

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