“Until now, Ada had been drifting through this unusual day with disregard for what she’d left behind and for what might lie ahead. Had it occurred to her to ask the question – what is this adventure like? – she might have concluded that her visit seemed like a story or a dream. In any case, it didn’t correspond to life as she had known it so far.”
It yet another take off on a classic nursery tale, After Alice is author Gregory Maguire’s latest peek into the world of Alice’s wonderland. Written mostly from the perspective of one of Alice’s friends, Ada, as she searches for Alice in the underground world as friends and family search for Ada and Alice. The novel features some familiar characters as Ada winds through her adventure.
As a lover of Maguire’s Wicked and most of his other books, this one missed the mark for me. It got a bit better toward the end, but I wouldn’t recommend it.