Wonderland (Hardcover)

By Stacey D'Erasmo

Houghton Mifflin, 9780544074811, 242pp.

Publication Date: May 6, 2014

May 2014 Indie Next List

“With a voice as raw and lively as an amplifier crackling to life, Wonderland's Anna Brundage is the perfect rock-and-roll narrator. D'Erasmo explodes the tropes of coming-of-age stories, presenting a woman coming into her own at 44, seven years after her spectacular rise and fall on the indie scene. Back with a new band, a new album, and one last chance to make it as a musician, Anna's journey is a wonderful meditation on music, the creative spirit, and the highs and lows of an unconventional life.”
— Josh Christie, Sherman's Books & Stationery, Freeport, ME
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Description

Anna Brundage is a rock star. She is tall and sexy, with a powerhouse voice and an unforgettable mane of red hair. She came out of nowhere, an immediate indie sensation. And then, life happened.

Anna went down as fast as she went up, and then walked off the scene for seven years. Without a record deal or clamoring fans, she sells a piece of her famous father's art to finance just one more album and a European comeback tour.

Anna is forty-four. This may be her last chance to cement her place in the life she chose, the life she struggled for, the life she's not sure she can sustain. She falls back easily into the ways of the road sex with strangers, the search for the perfect moment onstage. To see Anna perform is something watch her find the note, the electric connection with the audience, the transcendence when it all comes together and the music seems to fill the world.

A riveting look at the life of a musician, "Wonderland" is a moving inquiry into the life of a woman on an unconventional path, wondering what happens next and what her passions might have cost her, seeking a version of herself she might recognize. It takes us deep into a world many of us have spent hours imagining and wishing ourselves into now we have a bit of that wish come true.

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