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Alice I Have Been: A Novel
by Melanie Benjamin

Published: 2011
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Alice Liddell Hargreaves's life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she's experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only ...
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Alice Liddell Hargreaves's life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she's experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only "Alice." Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year-the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories. That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice-he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice's childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey. A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

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  "A little uncomfortable"by MomB96 (see profile) 09/16/11

The first third of the book had some pedophilia allusions that made for a very uncomfortable read. The second third had me cheering for Alice, though it was apparent something crucial has happened but... (read more)

 
  "I had no idea Alice in Wonderland was based on a real girl!"by wmcunitz (see profile) 08/17/11

While a fictionalized account, this book is loosely based on the life of the girl who inspired "Alice in Wonderland". A bit creepy with pedophile references, but interesting nonetheless.

 
  "Alice I Have Been"by tiffhake (see profile) 01/31/11

I didn't realize that Alice In Wonderland was actually inspired by a real little girl. I was amazed at the things and experiences this little/young woman went through and then continued into her elderly... (read more)

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