JUDITH HOOPER was an editor at Esquire, and is the author of Of Moths and Men and co-author of The Three-Pound Universe. She lives in western Massachusetts.
“The pleasure of Ms. Hooper’s novel comes from its ability to summon this warmth and vitality… Ms. Hooper splendidly captures the humor and equanimity with which James faced her ailments… And the writing is elegantly dressed in the language of the period…” —Wall Street Journal
“You can’t keep a good woman down—not even one who’s flat on her back with an undiagnosed illness or one whose humble background raises eye- brows and hackles in her elite new social circles. The droll and intellectually daring Alice James, persistently ailing sister of William and Henry, takes a fictional turn in Judith Hooper’s Alice in Bed.” —More
“Doctors used to call it hysteria or neurasthenia or even suppressed gout. But Alice James, of the famous and troubled James family, had other difficulties, and, in truth, much of it had to do with being a free- thinking female in a male-dominated world. In her mesmerizing first novel, Hooper enters the individualist mind-set of the enigmatic Alice.” —Booklist Starred Review
“The true power of this novel is the exquisite language—both in the James’ reproduced letters, and in Hooper’s own impressive, shadow-quill renderings.” —Publishers Weekly
“In her debut novel, Alice in Bed, Judith Hooper offers an evocative and boldly intimate portrait of Alice James that is rich in detail and inspiring in its heroism. She presents the reader with an Alice who, far from being a invalid, is a forceful and courageous artist in her own right, and who deserves her place as a full-fledged member of the famous literary clan. Even if you have never read a word of Gilded Age literature, you will not want to put this book down.” —David R. Gillham, author of City of Women
“In a work of breathtaking imagination, Hooper goes beyond the singular diarist who was Alice James and gives us the person — audaciously curious, unapologetically original, and clearly the equal of her two more illustrious brothers, Henry and William. The James clan was known for quirkiness, even in Boston, but their sibling bond is here revealed as tender, enduring, and full of a private mirth. An extraordinary accomplishment, a captivating read.” —Thad Carhart, author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank