Life on the Refrigerator Door

Alice Kuipers


I went to the store. See inside the fridge. I watered the plants. I cleaned out Peter's cage. I tidied the sitting room. And the kitchen. And I did the washing up.

I'm going to bed.

Your live-in servant,


'Life on the Refrigerator Door' is told exclusively through notes exchanged by Claire and her mother, Elizabeth, during the course of a life-altering year. Their story builds to an emotional crescendo when Elizabeth is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stunningly sad but ultimately uplifting, this is a clever, moving, and original portrait of the relationship between a daughter and mother. It is about how we live our lives constantly rushing, and never making time for those we love. It is also an elegy to how much can be said in so few words, if only we made the time to say them.

Length: 240 pages
ISBN: 978033045645601
Published: 31/07/2008

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers

Alice Kuipers was born in London in 1979. She studied at Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan Universities. In 2003, she moved to Saskatoon, Canada, where she now lives. Life on the Refrigerator Door is her first novel.

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I must been around 11/12 when i first read this (i'm now 19) and it still sticks out in my mind as being utterly brilliant! I remember being totally captivated by the way it was written and also really, genuinely moved. a gorgeously heartwarming story of a mother and daughter relationship.

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i first read this when i was 14 (i think) and it wad incredible; captivating, amazing and heartwarming. the mother/daughter relationship really tugged at my heartstrings.


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