By Gregory Maguire
From the multi-million-copy bestselling writer of depraved comes a mystical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, released to coincide with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Lewis's Carroll's loved classic.
When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole one hundred fifty years in the past, she came upon a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent principles and abrasive egos because the global she left in the back of. yet what of that global? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?
In this remarkable paintings of fiction, Gregory Maguire turns his surprising mind's eye to the query of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings—and understandings previous and new, providing a creative spin on Carroll's enduring story. Ada, a chum of Alice's pointed out in short in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is off to go to her good friend, yet arrives a second too late—and tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself.
Ada brings to Wonderland her personal imperfect apprehension of reason and impression as she embarks on an odyssey to discover Alice and spot her effectively domestic from this surreal international lower than the realm. If Eurydice can ever be back to the fingers of Orpheus, or Lazarus may be raised from the tomb, possibly Alice will be again to lifestyles. both means, every little thing that occurs subsequent is "After Alice."
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