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To the Birdhouse

3.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  87 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Newlywed Alice Brody appears to have the perfect life. The one fly in the ointment is her mother's detestable boyfriend, Louie Scifo: champion of incredibly bad taste and a bona fide stalker. After Alice's mother cuts him loose, Louie's determination to win back her love casts Alice's whole family into disarray. So Alice embarks on a mission to rid her mother of Louie once ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Picador (first published 1990)
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Oct 05, 2011 Marcy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disappointing. I've read other books by this author and really enjoyed them (The Love Letter, The New Yorkers, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport). But I found this one annoying and without purpose -- could not wait for it to end.
Sep 30, 2009 Elaine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Badly written, uninteresting book about uninteresting people. Shows the folly of getting a book because you enjoyed another one by the same author.
Emily Crow
A fast-paced novel about Alice, a newly married bird photographer, who becomes obsessed with the man who is obsessed with her mother. The tone is light and humorous; at its best, for some reason, it made me think of a Jewish Bridget Jones (even though this one is not told as a diary). But the plot soon grew a bit thin--after a while, I simply did not care what Louie, the jilted suitor who is stalking Alice's mom, would do, or how Alice and family would respond to it. Also, I wanted more birds--t ...more
Feb 02, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice is delighted with her new marriage. In fact, the only cloud on her horizon is her mother Brenda's unsuitable boyfriend Louie. Even that cloud is removed when Brenda breaks up with Louie--until he starts to harass and stalk the whole family. The beleaguered group retreats from New York City to Westport, CT, but Louie follows them. Then Alice decides it's time for the family to strike back. Hysterically funny and touching at the same time, Alice grows a bit more over the course of the book, ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Jill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time caring about these characters and their story. I kept reading, hoping it would get better. It didn't.
Janis Williams
Surely this is one that everybody will get for Christmas. I laughed and laughed and laughed.
Dec 22, 2009 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quirky and really enjoyable. Fun, easy read. I'll check out more by this author.
Didn't finish it, Neither did the friend who gave it to me!!!
Aug 06, 2010 chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the sequel to alice in bed. what a hoot!
Sep 03, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, new-york
09/02/08 purchase at a thrift store
Jan 06, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Odd little book
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Cathleen Schine is the author of The New Yorkers, The Love Letter, and The Three Weissmanns of Westport among other novels. She has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review.
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