Review: The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander

Ruby slippers

How can a smelly old bag lady change your life? That is exactly what the characters in this social drama thought about their unkempt acquaintance, Rosa. But things changed after her death when a pair of Ruby slippers were found in her possession.

Not unlike Cinderella’s glass shoe and Dorothy’s magic shoes, the shoe metaphor has a pivotal role to play in this urban fairy tale. The Ruby slippers entranced everybody and drew out the good, bad and ugly in everyone. It enticed, teased and gave them new hopes and desperate dreams.

Michael the Grocer goes on a journey of self exploration, where he learns more about his life and his Aunt Rosa’s. Despite the odds and pressure, unlike some others, he remains resolute that the ruby slippers is a sign of beauty and hope in their lives and not a sudden windfall.

Keir Alexander’s debut novel has shown mastery over plot and character building. Creating many multi-dimensional characters in a compelling and convoluted story is no mean feat. Although I found the novel well paced, it might appear slow to some. But I believe the plot and the build up needed the gentle walk-in-the-park treatment quite unlike the mad rush of New York City.

I am a Lovereading review panel member and I received an ARC for my honest and unbiased opinion of the book. Published by Constable and Robinson the book will be available on Amazon and Lovereading.co.uk from 20 March 2014.

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3 thoughts on “Review: The Ruby Slippers by Keir Alexander

  1. Morgan Dragonwillow

    Everything about this book intrigues me. I love the ingenuity of the cover, the idea of a bag lady having ruby slippers, and even the slow walk in the park type writing. I definitely want to check out this book. Thanks for sharing the review!

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      1. Morgan Dragonwillow

        Yes, I can see the moment the writer asked herself, “What if a bag lady dies and it is discovered that she had ruby slippers? Where did they come from and how do they affect the people that find them?” Gets my writerly juices flowing! 😀

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