Rather, "The Real Alice Cooper Wants To Be Famous" is a suspense thriller, a saga of questing men and women, and a multi-layered love story. It is a wide-ranging, fully-realized novel wherein lives are ripped apart and rebuilt . . . minds are lost . . . murders are committed . . . children are born, and souls are lost and regained.
Much of the novel's action takes place at Holy Mansion Monastery, a place of studied calm sequestered in the midst of the ongoing dysfunction of the modern world. A handful of monks there along with Brother Gilroy, abbot of the Monastery, are placidly going about their lives when one Alice Cooper, an escapee from an imploded marriage, crashes into their lives. Alice has always had dreams of fame for herself and when a dead derelict inadvertently offers her a shot at such fame, Alice jumps on it with a vengeance.
Needless to say, complications ensue. There is first the matter of Benjamin P. Cooper, CPA, Alice's discarded husband, who descends into a world of frightful madness and who relentlessly pursues Alice over the years to come. There is also Bradford Hymen, a Maryland State trooper who believes his life has been ruined by this wanton woman. Not least of all there is a thuggish federal government which knows full well that it knows best when it comes to how we work our lives.
Through it all, Alice Cooper has as her guiding star this notion of fame—she must have it, come hell or high water. Ultimately she does achieve everything she's wished for, and "The Real Alice Cooper" is an account of the rewards that flow from that mania -- along with the price of the quest.
The children she bears, the new mate she treasures, the bright and shiny future Alice Cooper explores—these are all grist in the storytelling. It is a telling that is rich in fabric and context while unwrapping the skein of motivations and miscues that mark any individual's life. Alice and so many of her companions in this years-long saga become real to the reader—both as unique people and as object lessons in our own quest for meaning.