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#89: Meditations In Wonderland by Anna Patrick

FOLLOW ELIZABETH DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE-AND MEET A WHOLE NEW ALICE. Elizabeth, a twenty-four-year-old interior designer living in Brooklyn, New York, encounters a little more than mental static when she sits down for her morning meditation, feeling disconnected from herself and her reality. As she meditates, she forces herself to confront her inner demons head on-including the darker parts that she would rather keep hidden from others, like her boyfriend, Adam. Her inner conflict leads her down a rabbit hole that is far different from the one she remembers from her favorite childhood story. When Elizabeth reaches the bottom of the rabbit hole, she follows a shadowy figure in a familiar blue dress who taunts her and coaxes her deeper into Wonderland. Unable to release herself from her meditation, Elizabeth chases Alice through Wonderland, guided by clues left by Alice, as well as the dark and strangely familiar characters she meets, like the Cheshire Cat, the Tweedle twins, and the Mad Hatter. In Wonderland, Elizabeth comes face to face with her inner light and darkness, and, finally, Alice-and discovers that Alice's secret might be what she has been searching for all along.

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: River Grove Books (October 6, 2015)
  • ISBN: 9781632990457

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Anna Patrick graduated from Boston College with both a degree in communications and the first draft of the manuscript that would become her first novel, "Meditations In Wonderland." She is also the creator of a popular Tumblr under the same title. Now a full-time book publicist, Patrick lives in Northern Virginia with her boyfriend and their French bulldog.







REVIEW:
A whimsical self-discovery journey.
A woman uses meditation to learn about herself. The meditation is a compilation of characters from Wonderland, including Alice. Their riddles and run-around's have Elizabeth looking deeper into herself. A highly prophetic journey to the end.
This was a fascinating read for me, being an Alice in Wonderland fan. This story took everything I knew and loved, and darkened it. Oh, how I liked that. Twisted and dark tales are my thing. Mix it with a retelling of sorts, and you have a winner. At least in my opinion.
The only part I didn't care for was the slut part. I'm all for name calling and swearing in stories, if it fits, but while reading the slut thing in this story I asked myself if that was really necessary.  I just wasn't feeling it here. It didn't ruin the story though, it was one word at one point.
Great job on the debut, Anna! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!

4/5


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  1. That sounds great! I should definitely read more Alice retellings.

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