Thursday 1 May 2014

Book Review: Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo

Title: Wonderland
Author: Stacey D'Erasmo
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 6 May 2014
Pages: 356
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fiction
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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Anna Brundage is a rock star. She is tall and sexy, with a powerhouse voice and an unforgettable mane of red hair. She came out of nowhere, an immediate indie sensation. And then, life happened.Anna went down as fast as she went up, and then walked off the scene for seven years. Without a record deal or clamoring fans, she sells a piece of her famous father’s art to finance just one more album and a European comeback tour.

Anna is forty-four. This may be her last chance to cement her place in the life she chose, the life she struggled for, the life she’s not sure she can sustain. She falls back easily into the ways of the road—sex with strangers, the search for the perfect moment onstage. To see Anna perform is something—watch her find the note, the electric connection with the audience, the transcendence when it all comes together and the music seems to fill the world.

A riveting look at the life of a musician, Wonderland is a moving inquiry into the life of a woman on an unconventional path, wondering what happens next and what her passions might have cost her, seeking a version of herself she might recognize. It takes us deep into a world many of us have spent hours imagining and wishing ourselves into—now we have a bit of that wish come true.

Overall, I am giving Wonderland three stars, but this is mainly due to the hypnotic prose that perfectly captures the heroine's confusion and upset and is beautifully crafted. The story itself, I found a little bland and not as captivating as I had hoped it would be. It took me a long while to get through this as I didn't feel excited to get back to it each night and found reasons to put off picking it up.

I would recommend this book if you are interested in different prose styles that capture moods as the book did well in that respect, but if you are after a gripping pager turner, this is probably not the book for you.

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