Gregory Maguire, author of amongst others the ‘Wicked’ books, is known for his fictional novels in which he gives a new take on well known fantasy stories. He has recently published “After Alice”, in which Alice’s friend Ada follows her to Wonderland. We see the story we know so well through her eyes.
Although I have never read Maguire’s other books, I am familiar with the musical ‘Wicked’, which was based on his book. I was thrilled with the original take on the familiar ‘Wizard of Oz’ tale and hoped he had done the same to the Alice in Wonderland story. However, I am sorry to say that I was quite disappointed.
“After Alice” in fact tells two tales: the one about Ada, following Alice through the rabbit hole, and the one about Alice’s sister, Ada’s governess, and other people who remain in Oxford and have to deal with the disappearance of both girls.