I am spoiled to be in mild SW Florida while many of my friends are putting up with some of the coldest days of winter. During a relatively recent cold spell (when we actually turned on the heat) I picked up the novel, Alice in Bed by Judith Hooper.
This novel is based on the life of Alice James, the younger sister of the famous writer, Henry James, and the psychologist, William James. We learn of Alice’s life story while she is bed-ridden in England and no longer able to travel or return home.
Alice recounts episodes of her childhood, her unusual family, and her sheltered life in and around Boston. Hooper’s elegant prose brings this marvelously intelligent and fiercely independent woman alive. Alice comes across as witty and funny, a personality to be reckoned with. You quickly forget that Alice is nearing the end of her life, alone and far from friends and family.
After reading this delightful novel I came away thinking that if Alice James had been born in a different era, she would have been the star of this illustrious family. She lived in a time when women of her education and social class had few choices. In any case, this would be a good book to indulge in fireside on a winter afternoon while sipping tea or perhaps a nip of sherry!