Wonderland (Paperback)

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Wonderland is a sweet (as in awesome, not as in cute) indie-rock, round-the-world tour of a novel. A sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll star for our time, Anna is bound up in existential angst, financial realities, creative challenges, and family dilemmas. Yet, just like a great LP, it’s the way those tensions: Wonderland’s lyrics, rhythms, melodies, harmonies, diversions, work together that make for great listening. I mean, reading. Rock on!

— Sara, Atlanta

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


An NPR Best Book of 2014
A Time Top Ten Fiction Book of 2014
A New York Times Book Review Editors Choice
A BBC Top Ten Book of 2014

"Exquisite...As inspiring in its way as Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids."
Los Angeles Times

Briskly addictive . . . Told in the voice of a female rock Ulysses. O, the Oprah Magazine

Marvelous . . . D Erasmo conjures up the seedy, sexy spectacle of life on the road with amazing vividness, and fills in the inner life of a woman who has one last chance to get her voice heard. Lev Grossman, Time

Anna Brundage is a rock star. She was an overnight indie sensation, but lost her fame just as fast as she found it. Now forty-four, she pours everything into a comeback, selling her famous father's art to finance an album and a European tour. A riveting look at the life of a musician and the moving story of a woman's unconventional path, Wonderland is a glimpse of how it feels when a wish just might come true.

Anna made me think of Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine, mixed with a little bit of Janis. Paste

Richly interior . . . What makes Anna such a powerful narrator is her seductive desire to keep her options open. Washington Post

Product Details
ISBN: 9780544483897
ISBN-10: 0544483898
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 256
Language: English