Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
January 09, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

About Alice

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
12/25/02
author
Calvin Trillin
publisher
Random House
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A

EW PICK

Originally published in The New Yorker in abbreviated form, About Alice, Calvin Trillin’s elegy to his late wife is perhaps his most generous love letter yet. As he writes, ”People whose exposure to her had been through my stories didn’t know her…but they knew how I felt about her.” Here, Trillin steps aside, allowing Alice to expand beyond the construct of an adored character. What emerges is a portrait of a wry, devoted woman, a respected writer who willingly sat on the sidelines. Perhaps she knew that readers would one day have the chance to see her not only as a supporting character but as a star.

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