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New York, 1993. Alice Culvert is a caring wife, a doting new mother, a loyal friend, and a soulful artist - a fashion designer who wears a baby carrier and haute couture with equal aplomb. In their loft in Manhattan's gritty Meatpacking District, Alice and her husband, Oliver, are raising their infant daughter, Doe, delighting in the wonders of early parenthood.
Their life together feels so vital and full of promise, which makes Alice's sudden cancer diagnosis especially staggering. In the span of a single day, the couple's focus narrows to the basic question of her survival. Though they do their best to remain brave, each faces enormous pressure: Oliver tries to navigate a labyrinthine health care system and handle their mounting medical bills; Alice tries to be hopeful as her body turns against her. Bracing themselves for the unthinkable, they must confront the new realities of their marriage, their strengths as partners and flaws as people, how to nourish love against all odds, and what it means to truly care for another person.
Inspired by the author's life, Alice & Oliver is a deeply affecting novel written with stunning reserves of compassion, humor, and wisdom. Alice Culvert is an extraordinary character - a woman of incredible heart and spirit who will remain in memory long after the final minute.
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By Joelle Trayers on 07-31-16
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The author would skip around past and present without really giving the reader any hint to when he was doing it. I'm still not really sure how the story ended-if the main character succumbed to her illness or not.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I liked Annie. She was strong and resilient.
What about Rebecca Lowman and MacLeod Andrews ’s performance did you like?
They performed the story very well-their voices were always inflecting the plot and they changed their voices for the different characters which really helped me follow along.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Probably not. The topic was very depressing.