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Alice & Oliver

A novel by

Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Charles Bock earned vast critical acclaim for his debut novel, Beautiful Children. Now, in Alice & Oliver, he has created an unflinching yet deeply humane portrait of a young family's journey through a medical crisis, laying bare a couple's love and fears as they fight for everything that's important to them.

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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Used availability for Charles Bock's Alice & Oliver

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Hardback Editions

August 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Alice & Oliver (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Charles Bock
ISBN: 1-4104-9176-5 / 978-1-4104-9176-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

April 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Alice & Oliver: A Novel
Author(s): Charles Bock
ISBN: 1-4000-6838-X / 978-1-4000-6838-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

April 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Alice & Oliver: A Novel
Author(s): Charles Bock
ISBN: 0-8129-8042-5 / 978-0-8129-8042-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

April 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Alice & Oliver: A Novel
Author(s): Charles Bock
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

April 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Alice & Oliver: A Novel
Author(s): Charles Bock
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

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