Alice Fantastic

By Maggie Estep

"The storytelling has energy and a spirit of uprising, giving us desire for the way forward for all these undesirable ladies with soiled faces and undesirable boys on bikes."—The ny Times

"There is set Maggie Estep's paintings a directness, a transparent determination—a force to chop via, to wreck via, to claw through—that is impressive."—A.M. houses, writer of The Mistress’s Daughter

"Maggie Estep is the bastard daughter of Raymond Chandler and Anaïs Nin. Her prose is hard-boiled and attractive; she turns an exceptional word and exhibits a few leg."—Jonathan Ames, writer of Wake Up, Sir!

Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old specialist gambler dwelling in Queens, long island. She is modestly winning as a horseplayer and enjoys her paintings. notwithstanding avidly pursued via her lover, Clayton, who she refers to because the mammoth Oaf, Alice's closest significant other is sweet, a small noticed puppy, and Alice likes it that means. while Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to invite one in every of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a couple of issues get it wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose personal lover has simply been killed in a freak accident.

There is fierce love among Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), however it takes Alice's unintentional discovery of an lousy mystery Kimberly has been retaining to really carry 3 eccentric ladies, seventeen canines, and various enthusiasts together.

Maggie Estep has released six books, together with Hex, a New York Times awesome ebook of 2003. Her paintings has seemed in lots of magazines and anthologies together with: Brooklyn Noir, Queens Noir, Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café, The top American Erotica, and The Outlaw Bible of yank Poetry. She has played her paintings in a large choice of venues starting from Lincoln heart to Lollapalooza, Charlie Rose, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

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He used to be white with a tan spot over his left eye. His huge, immense ears stood directly up like a rabbit’s. “Clayton gave me my strolling papers,” I stated with ambivalence. I didn’t are looking to plow through the whole lot correct this minute. “What’s that? ” I requested, indicating the massive white puppy head. “Mickey. He was once approximately to be placed to sleep. a few good friend of Mom’s was once frantically at the horn to all of the loopy puppy humans within the country and mother agreed to take him even if she will be able to slightly communicate. i assume this implies, by way of extension, that you’ve agreed to take him. Ava and i've already picked out those we’re taking. ” “Oh. ” I stubbed out my cigarette, positioned sweet down, and walked as much as the door. Eloise moved apart to enable me in yet Mickey simply stood there, slowly wagging his very lengthy tail. “Hey, buddy,” I stated, squatting down subsequent to the beast. the thin noticed pit bull didn’t glance me within the eyes, didn’t even sniff me. simply stood there wagging and searching a little bit prior me, as I petted his extensive yet fleshless shoulders. His backbone and ribs have been protruding and there have been yellow stains far and wide his typically white coat. After I’d been petting him for numerous mins, he conscientiously reached his muzzle towards my face and licked my ear. all of the whereas, either sweet and Eloise have been observing me. “What’s his tale? ” I requested my sister. “Where’d he come from? ” “A cop came across him within the Bronx. introduced him to the pound. He was once in there weeks and had at some point to head sooner than the gasoline chamber. a few pit bull rescue woman mother is aware had visible him and knew how candy he was once, so while his quantity got here up at the euthanization checklist, she obtained at the cellphone. mother was once too susceptible to speak so I spoke to the woman, after which Ava and that i met her midway down the thruway and bought the puppy. ” “I quite like him,” I introduced. i used to be nonetheless squatting down subsequent to him, and through now he’d ventured a couple of makes an attempt at eye touch, came across I wasn’t taking it as a problem, and had moved a step in the direction of me. “That’s sturdy seeing that you’re going to need to locate him a house. Come on, you’re letting the insects in. ” She ushered me inside of. Eloise and that i sat down on the kitchen desk. sweet jumped up onto me, and whilst Mickey came around to aim placing his head in my lap, she growled at him. He appeared apologetic and took a couple of steps again. “I particularly like that dog,” I repeated, gazing the thin beast. the massive tan spots over his hips made him seem like a cow. a thin cow with a tremendous pit bull head. “What’s improper with you, Alice? ” “What do you suggest? ” “You simply retain asserting that you just like that puppy. ” “What’s incorrect with that? examine this puppy. ” I reached for Mickey’s huge, immense head. He appeared me without delay within the eyes this time as he lightly wagged his tail. “Tell me what occurred with Clayton. ” “He acknowledged he’d had adequate of me. He’s getting again together with his ex-wife. ” “I didn’t be aware of he had an ex-wife. ” “Yeah. He does. yet i actually don’t are looking to discuss him. inform me approximately mother. ” “Still dying,” Eloise acknowledged, fantastic me with what may perhaps basically be construed as an try at levity. “It may well simply be days now,” she further.

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