November 23, 2010
Book Review: Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook
I recently received a book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program! Publishers give out books before their publication date so people can read them and and post reviews online. I read Outside Wonderland by Lorna Jane Cook and it was an absolute pleasure to read. It didn't take me long to finish the novel because it was interesting and enjoyable. The story follows three siblings whose parents passed away when they were young. Their parents get the opportunity to look into their childrens' lives from a place they call "Here." The now-grown children live out their lives unaware that their parents are lovingly watching out for them and hoping that they eventually find happiness in their earthly lives. Free-spirited Alice lives in New York, working as an actress in off-Broadway plays, hoping to eventually get her big break. Her sister Dinah lives with their grandmother and works in Washington DC. Their brother Griffin lives in Chicago with his partner Theo and works as a chef in a nice restaurant. Through the course of the book, all three find their lives turned upside down and intertwined with each other. It is a beautifully written story that moves along with grace and and handles the topic of death with quiet dignity. I highly recommend picking this up in March when it comes out and making it one of your lazy day summer reading books.