The story begins when Alice and Kit have a car accident while on holiday and events spiral downwards from there. Alice stops looking after herself and gets ill; Kit doesn’t know how to communicate with her or take care of her. Fortunately it’s family to the rescue: Kit’s difficult wheel-chair bound and constantly carping father; his mother is much kinder but there’s a schism in her relationship with her son.
The book charts Alice’s recovery and she and Kit have to do a lot of soul-searching and growing-up before there can be any resolution. It is a fairly simple story but what makes it interesting is the complex characters, the rich and varied settings and the quirky, fun dialogue. Humour bubbles through the pathos in a way that resembles Mary Wesley and Joanna Trollope. Terrific writing, sharp and wise.
Posted by JAM
Catalogue link: The Trouble with Alice