Alice In Ultraland
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"In Corday's (9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, 2011) fantasy novel, dancers at a San Francisco burlesque theater--some living, some dead--go in search of a mobster's money.
Alice starts working at the Moulin Rouge with her friend and fellow dancer Deirdre, who's just confided to her that she's pregnant and that the club owner's son, Tommy, is the father. Soon after, Deirdre reveals the pregnancy to Tommy, who eschews responsibility and starts having an affair with a different dancer. An ensuing argument ends with Deirdre losing her footing and falling down a set of stairs, killing her. Later, Alice's friend Miranda casts a spell of protection on her fellow dancers when the club's ownership tries to force them into freelance employment. However, the spell has the unexpected effect of conjuring Deirdre's ghost as well as those of other long-dead dancers. Alice and her new phantom pals soon hatch a plan to go to the Cal Neva Lodge in Tahoe, where they plan to search for Mafia cash hidden there long ago by one of the ghost's mobster boyfriends. (They plan to open a new club. . . with the loot.) The ghost of Cal Neva's former owner, Frank Sinatra, haunts the club, and the group later comes face to face with the spirit of Marilyn Monroe. This engaging supernatural adventure will particularly appeal to fans of literature set in the Bay Area. . . .Corday makes sure that there's a lot going on, as the dancers deal with ghost hunters filming a reality show; the return of Alice's estranged lover; a new ghost friend, checking in on the family that he left behind; a break-in at Alice's house; and even a lost cat.
An eventful and enjoyable romp."--Kirkus Review
"Unique and otherworldly, Alice In Ultraland brings the burlesque nightlife alive, with a supernatural twist.
Alice is a stripper working the Moulin Rouge, a burlesque club with a throwback atmosphere. Her story isn't about the dark underbelly of the stripping world, but of a young woman who appears to enjoy her job. . . . When Alice is working the special "Ultraland" room with her best friend Deirdre, a strange, supernatural occurrence chases away customers. Then, an accident that kills Deirdre sets off a chain of events, and the supernatural story begins to ramp up.
Faced with unfair working requirements, the sisterhood of dancers decides to open their own club. Difficult, yes, but also filled with unpredictable adventures, famous ghosts, and a sexy, mysterious romance between Alice and her longtime love, Adrian.
With several plot layers that include Alice's own story, her relationships with other dancers and their personal dramas, a many faceted, intriguing supernatural plot line, the mysterious bad--boy Adrian, and the burlesque club intrigue, Alice In Ultraland risks being too complicated. . . . However, although there are only the slightest nods to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, readers must approach it with the same suspension of disbelief and sense of a wonder. . . .
This means enjoying the characters, particularly the wonderfully likable and three-dimensional Alice and the odd group surrounding her. . . .It means taking in the story's supernatural elements, accepting the odd journey, all in search of the ultimately satisfying conclusion. It also requires being open to sexual talk and implied sexual situations. . .although these scenes are never graphic.
Alice In Ultraland is a quirky take on the backstage world of strippers, an unexpected ghost story, a mystery, and a romance. It will appeal to open-minded readers seeking an unconventional tale.--Blue Ink Review
Wicked fun with an amazing cast of characters." -- San Francisco Book Review