Delightful. Not exactly a romance, the studious, serious, intellectual Boston Surgery Resident Alice Thrift recounts her own story of being romanced by the flim-flam man of all times, fudge salesman Ray Russo. Oh, you think, I've read those. Not like this, you haven't. At ocne funny and tragic, serious and (for Alice, at least) light-hearted, this inside look at her wanna-be boyfriend is absolutely perfect. From the moment Russo shows up wanting a nose job, to the perfect climax (no pun), this is a marvelous read. I give it a 5, and am going out for more Elinor Lipman.