Alice Clark has been trying to avoid an acute state of “not-knowing” about what’s happened and what’s happening. Whatever happened has much to do with why three of her friends died early and badly and she did not. Alice is a mess, and her story is a mess, too: digressive, disheveled, and wild. She takes us across the United States in an overdue effort to find out what part she’s played, or failed to, in her own life. Along the way, she revisits her memories and meets a variety of “Cheshire cats,”who, in scary, rude, and seductive ways, help her to keep going and find things out . . . or not.
“(Malouf’s) stories have nerve and true zoombah, which is the highest praise I know how to give” – Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University.
“More Than You Know reinterprets the linguistic puzzle-making of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland, and reproduces the frustrating and rewarding experience of learning to read: deciphering words in changing contexts, embracing and abandoning patterns as clues.” – Elizabeth Mosier, Cleaver Magazine