A notable character
I didn't know Alice Stewart Trillin, but I have great affection for her, as do countless others. In About Alice, a tribute written by Cal Trillin after Alice passed away on September 11, 2001, her husband shares how strangers had written letters to him memorializing Alice. Everyone thought they knew her through Cal's writings and even if they didn't really know her, they still loved her.
Infinitely likable, brainy and pretty, Alice was more than a supporting role in her husband's many food and travel stories. She was an Ivy League graduate, university English instructor, television producer, writer, advocate, tutor, mother, daughter, wife, and friend. Her struggles with cancer gave strength to others fighting cancer, and her 1981 piece from the New England Journal of Medicine, "Of Dragons and Garden Peas: A Cancer Patient Talks to Doctors", is still used in some medical schools.
Originally written as a piece for the New Yorker, About Alice is a slim volume that combines some of the best Alice stories from previous works by Trillin as well as an analysis of her character and role as daughter, wife and mother. About Alice is a perfect tribute to a woman, who although I didn't really know her, I have the greatest affection for. Well worth reading.