Story | Aug 17, 2008
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Story | Jan 25, 2009The White Queen in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" says she believes as many as six impossible things before breakfast. In the title tale from Joan Aiken's "The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories" (Big Mouth House: 330 pp., $20), the impossible things happen after breakfast, and the proof of our belief is the pang at the end, when beautifully sustained fantasy crashes into the everyday.