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Alice Fantastic

(2009)
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Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old professional gambler living in Queens, New York. She is modestly successful as a horseplayer and enjoys her work. Though avidly pursued by her lover, Clayton, who she refers to as The Big Oaf, Alice's closest companion is Candy, a small spotted dog, and Alice likes it that way. When Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to ask one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a few things go wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose own lover has just been killed in a freak accident.

There is fierce love between Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), but it takes Alice's accidental discovery of an awful secret Kimberly has been keeping to truly bring three eccentric women, seventeen dogs, and assorted lovers together.

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"Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anais Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and sexy; she turns a good phrase and shows some leg." - Jonathan Ames

"There is about Maggie Estep's work a directness, a clear determination - a drive to cut through, to break through, to claw through - that is impressive." - A M Homes


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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Alice Fantastic
Author(s): Maggie Estep
ISBN: 1-933354-81-X / 978-1-933354-81-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Akashic Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Alice Fantastic
Author(s): Maggie Estep
Publisher: Akashic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA