"Large streams from little fountains flow, Tall oaks from little acorns grow."
~ D. Everett
If you think back to how major life forming events began, you’ll realize that the smallest things – an egg and sperm meet, a condom tears, a wasp, one drink too many – are what may cause the biggest catalysts.
In D.J. Kirkby’s book, Without Alice, it’s the small events in life that formed the paths the characters lives took. The book goes on to examine how those paths intersected. From the start, I was intrigued, wondering how three separate newly forming families would coalesce into a story. Needless to say, I found the book a great read and was amazed at how the lives of the characters intertwined.
Reading is escape and entertainment for me. I really dislike having to sort out hidden meanings and esoteric author meanderings. Without Alice, made me think but in an enjoyable way. One of the reasons that I found thinking about the book agreeable was because I didn’t like the protagonist. I kept trying to like him, to find the redeeming qualities that he had. While I did feel he had somewhat atoned for his failings at the end, I never could quite like him. But it was his shortcomings and his way of making amends for his behavior and failures that affected the course of so many of the other characters lives. So even though I thought Stephen the weak link in the chain, he managed through his failures and triumphs to forge bonds of happiness and love for others.
D.J. definitely can tell a story well. As with her first book, From Zaftig to Aspie, she hooks you and reels you into the book right from the start. One of my favorite things about an author! Without Alice will make you think, will make you angry, will make you smile and will make you cry. It will also make you want to read more from D.J.
You can buy Without Alice before it's official October 4, 2010 publication date by going to PUNKED BOOKS!
You can also find out more about the very talented (she makes her own jam, jellies and WINE!!!) by reading her blog ~Chez Aspie, I highly recommend it!