Debut at #17 Hardcover Fiction list of the NY Times!
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she had left behind. But what of that world? How did that Oxford world of 1860-something deal with Alice’s disappearance?
AFTER ALICE takes up the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings old and new. Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned by Lewis Carroll in the second chapter of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment to late–and soon tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. She brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect, but central to her concerns are the safe retrieval of Alice from the world below the world. If Euridyce can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. Either way, everything that happens next is AFTER ALICE.
By Gregory Maguire
- ISBN: 9780060548957 $26.99
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