One Pill Makes You Grow Smaller: A Novel ...
- by Lisa Dierbeck. From Publishers Weekly, "Channeling Alice in
Wonderland (and, naturally, the 1970s Jefferson Airplane song,
"White Rabbit"), Dierbeck shoots down the rabbit hole of '70s
misbehavior with this psychedelic debut, crafting a weird and
inspired paean to lost innocence...This unsettling and
disorienting-but also deliciously pop-account of deplorable
actions and shattered innocence is a tour de force, a meshing of
the myths of the counterculture with the fantastic universe of
Lewis Carroll. It's a genuinely original, compulsively readable
first novel, sure to stir up controversy."
You can read more about it at amazon at
Elsewhere too I'm sure.
- "monicaedinger" <monicaedinger@...> noted the publication of
One Pill Makes You Grow Smaller: A Novel ... by Lisa Dierbeck.
I see that this was reviewed in yesterday's New York Times Book Review. The
review indicates that the story sets up a lot of parallels between the
actions of her Alice and Wonderland's Alice, so for those thinking of it as
a collector's item, it's probably something to get. It sounds as if the
emphasis is more on using Alice motifs to talk about a particular
contemporary adolescent, and it doesn't sound as if the story has much in
the way of reflections on the meanings of Carroll's work. From the point of
view of interest in reactions to Carroll, it may not have much attraction.