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Alice & Oliver - A Novel

Charles Bock

The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children 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 healthcare 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 page. Praise for Alice & Oliver "This hauntingly powerful novel follows a family's fight for survival in the face of illness. A stirring elegy to a marriage."-O: The Oprah Magazine "A rewarding reading experience . . . a testament to the resilience of humans and our willingness to forgive."-San Francisco Chronicle "The novel's power is in its two characters' messy negotiation of their fears, errors and shifting affections. . . . Bock offers a f

The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children 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 healthcare 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 page. Praise for Alice & Oliver "This hauntingly powerful novel follows a family's fight for survival in the face of illness. A stirring elegy to a marriage."-O: The Oprah Magazine "A rewarding reading experience . . . a testament to the resilience of humans and our willingness to forgive."-San Francisco Chronicle "The novel's power is in its two characters' messy negotiation of their fears, errors and shifting affections. . . . Bock offers a f
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The award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Children 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 healthcare 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 page. Praise for Alice & Oliver "This hauntingly powerful novel follows a family's fight for survival in the face of illness. A stirring elegy to a marriage."-O: The Oprah Magazine "A rewarding reading experience . . . a testament to the resilience of humans and our willingness to forgive."-San Francisco Chronicle "The novel's power is in its two characters' messy negotiation of their fears, errors and shifting affections. . . . Bock offers a f

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rebecca Lowman, MacLeod Andrews

Length:

14h 34m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:13


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:22


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:01


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:30


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:30


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:25


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:22


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:36


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:03


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:45


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:51


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:48


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:14


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:42


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:07


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:03


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:27


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:03


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:37


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:36


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:19


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:22


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:35


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

08:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:26


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:40


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:51


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:16


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:24


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:07


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:14


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:23


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:41


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:49


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:40


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:39


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:54


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:28


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

08:19


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:35


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:07


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:00


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

08:51


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:51


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

08:40


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:20


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

08:43


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:13


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:15


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:17


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:16


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:32


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:57


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:41


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:52


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:33


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:49


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:44


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:53


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:25


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:44


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:37


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

00:28