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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.