Meet Alex Sumner, 26, handsome, rich and engaged to Camilla Spivey, one of the most beautiful women in New Orleans. The only problem -- and it's a humdinger--is that Alex is living in the closet and when the wedding bells get deafening, he hightails it to Key West. Along the way, he meets Cord Foster, big, strong and on the skids. Cord has charm to burn, and Alex falls in love for the first time, but the honeymoon is over when Alex's ...
Meet Alex Sumner, 26, handsome, rich and engaged to Camilla Spivey, one of the most beautiful women in New Orleans. The only problem -- and it's a humdinger--is that Alex is living in the closet and when the wedding bells get deafening, he hightails it to Key West. Along the way, he meets Cord Foster, big, strong and on the skids. Cord has charm to burn, and Alex falls in love for the first time, but the honeymoon is over when Alex's dictatorial father puts bounty hunters on his son's trail.
Dragged back to New Orleans and forced to reconcile with the self-absorbed Camilla, Alex realizes he has to nix that big society wedding. Luckily, his partners-in-crime Jolie Menard and Angelique Poché know just the right menagerie of French Quarter zanies to make it happen.
Alex in Wonderland is a true page-turner, simultaneously funny, suspenseful, bittersweet and audacious. With a nod to screwball film comedies, LaCroix crosses It Happened One Night with Some Like It Hot. It's one wild trip down the rabbit hole that no reader—gay, straight or otherwise—should miss.
"What a dandy book! Alex is antediluvian New Orleans, the people and the place itself captured forever - thank God - in a story where vital issues of self and family are dealt with, sometimes seriously, sometimes hilariously, and REALLY well-told. LaCroix's technical expertise as a storyteller wraps you up and carries you effortlessly along." Barbara Hambly, author of A Free Man of Color
- Michael Craig
"Tennessee Williams meets Jackie Collins with a dash of Truman Capote…The perfect novel to read while sipping a mint julep and fanning yourself on the veranda." –Michael D. Craig, author of The Ice Sculptures: A Novel of Hollywood
- Durrell Owens
"A hilarious and utterly compelling story of one man's search for identity, independence and love, at the risk of rejection and forsaking a family inheritance. A sizzling mix of fast-paced storytelling and lyrical sexuality." –Durell Owens, author of The Song of a Manchild
- Ciji Ware
"Uproarious, bittersweet and deliciously reminiscent of Armistead Maupin's now-classic series, Tales of the City with the New Orleans French Quarter replacing San Francisco's Barbary Lane. The characters--gay, straight and/or otherwise-- are every bit as colorful, loopy and lovable as they navigate life's promises and pitfalls before delivering a rollicking good ending." –Ciji Ware, author of A Light on the Veranda
- Book Reviewer
"Richly entertaining. Celebrates New Orleans in fine style. Fully loaded with plot, heart and rainbow-colored characters. Everything you could want is present and accounted for." -Edge Boston
Michel LaCroix's first novel, Alex in Wonderland, was published in 2006 by Haworth Press. Set in New Orleans, it was inspired by Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and those wacky screwball comedies from the '30s. It follows the adventures of Alex Sumner, an uptown, uptight rich kid searching for identity in the freewheeling downtown French Quarter. Along the way, Alex encounters a host of zany characters and embarks on a journey Michel likes to call "fabulously facile."
Alex in Wonderland was an official 2006 selection of the Insight Out Book Club and nominated for a Violet Quill Award. Happily, the book was such a hit that a sequel followed in 2007, Through with the Looking Glass, which dealt with Hurricane Katrina. These two books morphed the Wonderland series which continued with the publication of Down the Rabbit Hole and concluded with Curiouser & Curiouser.
Michel lives in California Wine Country and says he's not absolutely sure there won't be a fifth book.