Wonderland by David-Matthew Barnes

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After her mother loses her battle to cancer, fifteen-year-old Destiny Moore moves from Chicago to Avalon Cove, a mysterious island in South Carolina. There, she starts a new life working part-time as a magician’s assistant and living with her eccentric uncle Fred and his hottie husband, Clark. Destiny is soon befriended by two outcasts, Tasha Gordon and Topher McGentry. She accepts their invitation to accompany them to a place called Wonderland, a former boarding house owned by the enigmatic Adrianna Marveaux. It’s there that Destiny meets and falls in love with Dominic, Tasha becomes enamored with Juliet, and Topher gives his heart to Pablo. When Destiny uncovers the reason she and her friends have really been brought to Wonderland, she’s faced with the most crucial choice of her life.

About David-Matthew Barnes

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David-Matthew Barnes describes himself as "a playwright, poet, novelist, filmmaker, actor, dancer, cheerleader, choreographer, director, teacher, and former model...for life." He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. He wrote and directed the feature film Frozen Stars, which received worldwide distribution. His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications. David-Matthew was the 2008 Emerging Writer in Residence at Penn State where he taught in the English program for one year. Today, he lives in Sacramento, California, where he serves as a director for the Lambda Players theater company and teaches college English classes.
Published February 12, 2013 by Bold Strokes Books. 264 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Destiny considers choosing to bring her mother back instead of opting for true love, Adrianna’s response—essentially, that after Destiny's father broke her heart, her mother is better off dead—comes across as jarringly harsh.

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No mere curatorial whim, the geographic scope of In Wonderland owes to the show’s historical narrative — haltingly and incompletely treated in the exhibition itself, but sufficiently filled out in the catalogue — beginning with the flight of European artists (and a few American artists then livin...

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