(From the publisher):
Alice Adams is the story of a middle class family living in the industrialized "mildland country" at the turn of the 20th century. It is against this dingy backdrop that Adams seeks to distinguish herself. She goes to a dance in a used dress which her mother attempts to renew by adding some lace. She adorns herself, not with orchids sent by a florest but in a bouquet of violets she picked herself. Because her family cannot afford to dquip her with social props or "background" so needed to shine in society, Alice is forced to make do. Her ambitions for making a successful marriage must be tempered by the realitits of her situation.
Original title: Alice Adams
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics