Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 12, 2010)
Synopsis: 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.
While this was an excellant diversion away from my usual reading material, I was a bit intrigued at the whole "wild gypsy girl" scenario between Alice and Mr. Dodgson. It was just so hard to believe a child so young could be so seductive and alluring. There has always been a bit of mystery revolving around the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson and I felt Melanie did a great job filling in her version of what could have been and what may have happened here in Alice I Have Been.
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