Letters To Alice

Letters To Alice

by King Grossman

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BN ID: 2940157052997
Publisher: Occupy the Word Publishing
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 436
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

King Grossman is a poet, novelist, and writer of short prose, currently working on his fourth novel in a studio at Carmel-by-the-Sea in northern California. His work has appeared in Licking River Review, Crack the Spine, Forge, Tiger’s Eye, DMQ Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Qwerty, Burningword, and Ignatian. A longtime fugitive from the worlds of Wall Street and Capitol Hill, King is also a social justice activist who regularly participates in nonviolent public actions to address climate change, economic injustice, inhumane immigration policy, oppressive violence and militarism.

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Letters To Alice 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an important novel to read and examine. It delves deeply into a challenge we all face: living into our authenticity in a world designed to strangle creativity and individuality. Grossman's "slumbering man" is a sympathetic character, at times heroic, but most often a human capable of a wide range of emotions and outcomes, and for the length of the novel, a man battling to live out those emotions and face the outcomes with lenses in focus. A young and energetic Soviet woman, Katya, breathes life into the story with her journey through Stalin's crackdown and the second World War, daring to live a life of meaning through her art and a movement that put many in the Gulag, or worse. Twain was once quoted, "History never repeats itself, but it rhymes", and I think Letters To Alice clearly demonstrates this in a meaningful way that opens the reader up to self examination and, hopefully, discovery.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rachel McGrath for Readers' Favorite Letters to Alice by King Grossman is a rich and engrossing novel written with an elegance and poise that kept me turning the pages until the very end. The author has a way with words that will capture your attention from the very first paragraph, as he tells a story through two different times in a way that is both poetic and enthralling. Frazier, the lead character in this story, is a writer who has written but is not published in a tormented, present day New York. It is only when he meets a young French artist that he is at last inspired. Then as a reader, I was taken back through history to 1930 and the Soviets in an artful fashion to young Katya, whose letters tell of the political upheaval of the Bolshevik regime. The story behind Letters to Alice sounds complex, but as a reader I was taken on a journey through each of the characters' lives, their emotions, love and loss. The two different time periods are quickly intertwined by King Grossman’s artful writing, and his ability to build the character links, bringing the story lines together with ease, but at the same time leaving us pondering about the namesake of the book, Alice. A truly well written book. It is clear after reading Letters to Alice that the author put a lot of time into this story to ensure that what seems to be a complex tale is told with ease and grace. This book is filled with an engrossing story line that will leave any reader with many points of reflection for days afterwards.
Dancer-on-the-Sea More than 1 year ago
King Grossman had me at his opening sentence: “He was a slumbering man.” And I was enthralled all the way through this lyrically written powerful novel Letters to Alice. During the first two-thirds of the book I could hardly put it down. Then I started reading it more slowly to savor the story and its characters as I didn’t want it to end. In the months since finishing the novel, I’ve continued to muse over the questions it raised for me and to be prodded by it toward living more authentically and passionately. Letters to Alice is a call to action and consciousness – both within one’s soul and for the common good beyond. The historical and contemporary stories were woven together with great craftsmanship – King Grossman takes the reader on a “magic carpet ride” between Russia during Stahlinist times and the literary world and Occupy movement of New York City in current times. Grossman’s female protagonist Katya in the historical portion of the novel is one of the strongest female characters I can recall from a lifetime of reading literature. I wanted to scoop her out of the pages to have as a comrade. The “slumbering man” in the contemporary story provides a mirror to look at those parts of myself that need to be awakened. The metaphor with the eyeglasses is powerful and was brilliantly developed throughout the novel. As for the writing, I could open the book to just about any page and be enchanted by gems of poetic writing and story telling.