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The narrator is Chappy, a pedophile who's been locked up in Sing Sing for 23 years. The tale alternates between Chappy's own story (both outside and inside of prison), and letters he receives from a 19-year-old girl who knows of Alice's fate and wants to start playing with 12-year-old boys. The girl's letters disturb Chappy, bringing his memories vividly to the fore. In prose that is both lyrical and horrifyingly direct, A.M. "Amy" Homes takes us into the minds of the correspondents. Chappy is bright, analytical, and reminiscent of Nabokov in the way he talks about his "Lolita." But the sex is graphic and often bizarre, and the author's tone is chilly, so it's not a book to be picked up lightly. AsDaphne Merkinwrites in theNew York Times, it's a "splashy, not particularly likable book whose best moments are quietly observed and whose underlying themes are more serious than prurient."
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ISBN-10:  0684827107
ISBN-13:  978-0684827100
Author:  A.M. Homes
Genre:  Literature & Fiction
Publisher:  Scribner
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review by . May 06, 2013
A disgusting horror novel in every sense of the term. Moralistic and disturbing.
There are so many criminal happenings in society that it almost seems inevitable that a book like The End of Alice would come into print; when murder and crimes against children dominate the national headlines, the common question that almost always seems to arise is, How could somebody do something like that? What does it take to be that evil? How does that evil manifest itself? And the national inquiry grows layer upon layer.      A.M. Homes tries to tackle those questions, …
review by . November 08, 2010
There are so many criminal happenings in society that it almost seems inevitable that a book like The End of Alice would come into print; when murder and crimes against children dominate the national headlines, the common question that almost always seems to arise is, How could somebody do something like that? What does it take to be that evil? How does that evil manifest itself? And the national inquiry grows layer upon layer.       A.M. Homes tries to tackle those questions, …
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