Most of us are familiar with the story of Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever wondered what Alice’s real story was? Melanie Benjamin does an outstanding job of weaving a beautiful prologue to Alice’s adventure in this novel that chronicles the lives of Alice and her family and the man who was supposedly behind the authorship of Alice in Wonderland. The story begins with Alice replying to a letter from her son, one regarding the business of Lewis Carrol’s upcoming birthday. Alice is no longer a young girl in a fantasy land, though. She is an eighty-year-old woman in sore need of a nap. And thus, we enter a chronicle of Alice’s childhood and her fanciful dreams.
Written in Alice’s own words and thoughts, this book is a wonderful journey to a past that would have been dry and boring, if not for Alice’s friends and imagination. Throughout the book there are old-fashioned pictures of Alice that really help to bring this story to life. Part fairy tale, part fictional autobiography, this book is one you will have difficulty setting down once you begin.
Profanity/Language: 3 derogatory names
Violence/Gore: A young child becomes sick and dies; a man is accused of attempted assault of a woman, and it is implied in a sexual way.
Sex/Nudity: A young girl has an intimate, emotionally-based relationship with a middle-aged man, though she views it innocently; characters kiss; a man takes pictures of a young girl, it seems innocent enough but his intent is not clear and nothing transpires.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink; adults smoke.