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Thirty-three-year-old publishing neophyte Alice Hammond is adrift. She'd like a new job, and Nick's departure leaves her not simply without something to hold but without an apartment - and pregnant, as well. Alice, orphaned since her teens, is accustomed to tackling crises alone, and she begins searching for a cheap apartment and an abortion clinic. At the clinic, Alice has a sudden change of heart, resolving to keep her baby and to conceal her pregnancy from family and friends until the last possible moment. ...
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Thirty-three-year-old publishing neophyte Alice Hammond is adrift. She'd like a new job, and Nick's departure leaves her not simply without something to hold but without an apartment - and pregnant, as well. Alice, orphaned since her teens, is accustomed to tackling crises alone, and she begins searching for a cheap apartment and an abortion clinic. At the clinic, Alice has a sudden change of heart, resolving to keep her baby and to conceal her pregnancy from family and friends until the last possible moment. Despite morning sickness, Alice manages to work and to pound Manhattan pavement for lodging without arousing the suspicion of those around her. When she finally reveals her condition, Alice's sister, Laura, calls her "naive and reckless," and nosy Aunt Louise asks, "Why do you do these things?" Ironically, encouragement comes only from her new beau and from Gram, Alice's demanding, curmudgeonly grandmother - a former Hollywood starlet who is now her temporary housemate. Gram's residence offers the comfort of concern, though the rent is the challenge of caring for Gram's weak heart, a condition exacerbated by her insatiable craving for hot fudge and ice cream. Now that Alice has found a roof (however temporary) and a new man (or did he find her?), she confronts the birth of Elizabeth and the return of Nick with the same courage and candor she brings to all her trials and triumphs. Sara Lewis has the rare ability to limn matter-of-fact events with an incandescence that quickly suggests that these are the most important of life's moments. With irreverent wit, a deft prose style that belies its depth, and characters whose behavior surprises even themselves, she delivers an astute, contemporary first novel about love, dependence, and life in the Big City.

When 33-year-old, unmarried, and unanchored Alice has a baby, the inevitable happens: the infant's on-and-off father and Alice's new on-and-off beau both choose the same moment to pay Alice a postpartum visit. A highly astute, contemporary first novel that features irreverent wit and believable characters.

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Mary Ellen Quinn
Alice Hammond is single, 33 years old, toiling away at an unrewarding job as an editorial assistant at a publishing house in New York. At about the same time that Nick, an actor with whom she has lived for several years, announces that he's in love with someone else and asks her to vacate their apartment, Alice finds herself pregnant. She goes to an abortion clinic, but at the last minute changes her mind, a decision that perplexes her relatives and friends. With no place else to go, given the lack of affordable apartments in Manhattan, Alice moves in with her grandmother, a feisty and cantankerous 89-year-old who was once a Hollywood starlet. They've never got along, but they come to rely on each other over the months of Alice's pregnancy. The birth of Alice's daughter, Elizabeth, brings Nick back into Alice's life, and Alice has to sort out her feelings for him and a coworker named Dan. Lewis tells her relatively simple story in unadorned prose. This is a book driven less by plot than by its characters, whom the author treats with humor, affection, and respect. Gran, in particular, is a wonderful creation, and the heart of the book is the relationship that evolves between Alice and her.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780708934333
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1995
  • Series: Ulverscroft Large Print Ser.
  • Pages: 448

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