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Alice I Have Been

Melanie Benjamin, Author
Melanie Benjamin, Author . Delacorte $25 (351p) ISBN 978-0-385-34413-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 304 pages - 978-0-440-33913-7
Compact Disc - 10 pages - 978-0-307-71344-5
Ebook - 228 pages - 978-0-440-33954-0
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Paperback - 388 pages - 978-0-385-34414-2
Hardcover - 430 pages - 978-1-60285-758-2
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Benjamin draws on one of the most enduring relationships in children’s literature in her excellent debut, spinning out the heartbreaking story of Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland . Her research into the lives of Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and the family of Alice Liddell is apparent as she takes circumstances shrouded in mystery and colors in the spaces to reveal a vibrant and passionate Alice. Born into a Victorian family of privilege, free-spirited Alice catches the attention of family friend Dodgson and serves as the muse for both his photography and writing. Their bond, however, is misunderstood by Alice’s family, and though she is forced to sever their friendship, she is forever haunted by their connection as her life becomes something of a chain of heartbreaks. As an adult, Alice tries to escape her past, but it is only when she finally embraces it that she truly finds the happiness that eluded her. Focusing on three eras in Alice’s life, Benjamin offers a finely wrought portrait of Alice that seamlessly blends fact with fiction. This is book club gold. (Jan.)

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