Author: Stacey D'Erasmo
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A contemporary fable about second chances, self-discovery, music, and love, Wonderland is a simply amazing novel--highly recommended!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anna is forty four, a beautiful musician, if a little older for a comeback. She walked off the music scene seven years ago. Trying her best to make a comeback, running from the demons of her past, readers are granted a front-row seat to Anna's successes, failings, and demons: constant failed relationships rooted in sex, a coke problem, family issues, and her struggle for fame. Guided by her quest for notoriety and as well as personal security, she finds that the only thing keeping her from success may just be herself..
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of this novel, smooth and yet breakneck, seamlessly moving from the past and present and back
-Anna, the beautiful, lost, broken songwriter who is trying so hard to find love, security, and validation, even at the "ripe old" age of forty-four--her character development was remarkably clean and rich
-The various characters that surround Anna, Zach, Alicia, Tom, Ezra, and Lila
-I liked the way sex, drugs, and other things were incorporated throughout the story--it was truly rock and roll
-The constant changing landscapes of the novel added richness to the novel, and made it seem real
-I loved the premise of this novel, an older singer trying to find her way back to herself, and her short fame
-Anna's family, lovingly and clearly described, almost sharply--all of the characters, especially them, seemed remarkably human
-I loved the ending--it was absolutely perfect
What could've been better:
-There was nothing I didn't love about this gorgeous, tender novel! Simply amazing!
-The ending--it was absolutely perfect
Wonderland is a simply superb fable about second chances--highly recommended to all! Next on deck: I Am The Mission by Allen Zadoff!