Alex in Wonderland

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Alex Sumner, 26, is the closeted son of an obscenely wealthy and powerful New Orleans oil tycoon. At the insistence of his father, Alex has become engaged to the pushy and totally self-absorbed daughter of another oil man. Appalled at the looming prospect of a hollow, arranged marriage, Alex hits the road for Key West. Join him on his journey in this lighthearted novel that takes on a serious, uniquely gay subject while bringing you all the flavor of New Orleans' spicy ...
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Overview

Alex Sumner, 26, is the closeted son of an obscenely wealthy and powerful New Orleans oil tycoon. At the insistence of his father, Alex has become engaged to the pushy and totally self-absorbed daughter of another oil man. Appalled at the looming prospect of a hollow, arranged marriage, Alex hits the road for Key West. Join him on his journey in this lighthearted novel that takes on a serious, uniquely gay subject while bringing you all the flavor of New Orleans' spicy nightlife.
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"RICHLY ENTERTAINING. . . . Celebrates gay New Orleans in fine style. . . . Fully loaded with plot, heart, and rainbow-colored characters. Everything you could want in a gay romance set in New Orleans is present and accounted for: the historic districts of the city, the wedding (complete with sudden twist), foreign nobility, hastily shed tuxedoes, harebrained schemes carried off with bold strokes, and the enigmatic, ultimately tigerish Southern Belle. . . . Oh yes, and the ghost of Tennessee Williams, whose presence haunts the novel like a scent of magnolias . . ."
book jacket - Barbara Hambly
"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
book jacket - 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
book jacket - 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
author review - 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
Edge Boston - 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560235323
  • Publisher: Haworth Press, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Gay Men's Fiction Series
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

PART ONE

1. Family Ties

2. A Walk on the Wilde Side

3. Pardon My French

4. Seeing Red

5. Trés Jolie

6. Homecoming

7. Double Your Pleasure

8. Monty's Python

9. Alex in Wonderland

10. Daddy Dearest

11. Showtime!

PART TWO

12. Hit the Road, Jack!

13. The Long and Winding Road

14. What a Drag!

15. Daddy Dearest Revisited

16. The Odd Couple

17. Miami Vice

18. Stormy Weather

19. Thumbs Up!

20. Torrid Zone

21. Paradise Found

22. Paradise Lost

PART THREE

23. You Can't Go Home Again

24. Revelations

25. Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life

26. Truth or Dare?

27. The Games People Play

28. Sex, Lies, and Home Videotapes

29. Close Up and Very Personal

30. All Keyed Up

31. You Really Can't Go Home Again

PART FOUR

32. Alex Doesn't Live There Anymore

33. End of Discussion

34. Audience Participation

35. Candid Cameras

36. Let's Make a Deal

37. Mothers Always Know

38. Camilla the Hun

39. Goin' to the Chapel

40. Sunrise, Sunset

PART FIVE

41. Tennessee Waltz

42. Love Will Find a Way . . . Maybe

43. Fasten Your Seat Belts!

44. Mothers Always Know, Part Deux

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