Performance artist Maggie Estep's latest may be the most conventional of these three pop-culture novels, but the family at the center of ALICE FANTASTIC (Akashic, 250 pages, $15.95) are anything but. Alice is a professional gambler, her half-sister Eloise makes strange stuffed animals as damaged and beautiful as she herself is, and their mother, Kimberly, is trying to stay straight while she attempts to rescue every dog in the New York area. When Kimberly summons her daughters to her bohemian home/dog sanctuary, the three distinctive personalities are bound to clash. But though Estep uses some standard plot devices to bring everyone together, she never abandons her avant-garde sensibilities, tossing witticisms like ninja throwing stars into a surprisingly sweet story of family, redefined.
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