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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday: Alice I Have Been

Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin

Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, Jan 12, 2010


Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.


But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war.

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire. (Amazon)

What are you waiting for? Waiting on Wednesdays is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.



Alice I Have Been
Publisher/Publication Date: Delacorte Press, Jan 12, 2010
ISBN: 978-0385344135
368 pages

9 comments:

Suzanne said...

I have been waiting for this book to come out for some time! I loved Alice in Wonderland as a little girl, and this book sounds so interesting! I also loved the cover when I saw it! So, I'm with you and ....waiting!

Mary said...

I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this. I picked it up, thinking I would just glance through it, not a chance. I had to read the whole thing all at once. It is fabulous! I now need to go back and read Alice in Wonderland.

PolishOutlander said...

I can't wait for this either. Sounds like it will be really good. Will definitely to reread Alice in Wonderland in preparation for that.

bermudaonion said...

I'm anxious to read this too.

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Oh my gosh, doesn't this one look great? I've got an ARC but haven't read it yet. I need about three more sets of eyes...

Here's mine.

Crystal said...

I keep seeing this around and the more I see it the more I want to read it. I can't wait until this comes out.

vvb32 reads said...

being an alice fan, this sounds amazing. can't wait.

Mary said...

I've seen this around a lot of blogs and can't wait for the reviews!!

choco (In Which a Girl Reads) said...

Ooh this looks great!

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