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To the Birdhouse
by Cathleen Schine (Goodreads Author)
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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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.
Jan 02, 2015 Emily Crow rated it liked it · review of another edition
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
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.More about Cathleen Schine...