‘After Alice’ by Gregory Maguire tells an alternate story of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The story focuses on Ada, a friend Alice briefly mentions during the popular tale of her adventures down the rabbit hole. In the beginning of the story, Ada is walking to Alice’s house when she encounters a mysterious creature. She follows it, and falls down the rabbit hole, into the magical world where the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, and other eccentric characters rule the domain. As Ada ventures through this unusual world, she discovers that Alice has also ventured through the area moments before. The story also tells the tale of Alice’s sister Lydia and her attempts in searching for her, while encountering some eccentric people herself.
‘After Alice’ was a very good story to read, and I appreciated looking back on well known characters that I read about in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. I’m looking forward to reading the other ‘alternate’ fairy tale stories (what I like to call them) that involve The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella’s step sisters.