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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

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Is this new land a place where magics really happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale.

In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats....

We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks?

Extreme beauty is an affliction

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.

Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life.

God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!

Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.

Synopsis:

“[An] engrossing story...endearing and memorable.”
—Boston Herald

“[An] arresting hybrid of mystery, fairy tale, and historical novel.”
—Detroit Free Press

“A tale so movingly told that you will say at the end of the first reading, ‘Its been a long time since Ive read a book this good.”

—Nashville Tennessean

 

Gregory Maguire proves himself to be “one of contemporary fictions most assured myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews) with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, his ingenious and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella fairy tale. Perhaps best known for his dark and breathtaking Oz series The Wicked Years—including the novel Wicked, which inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—Maguire is a master at upending the ordinary to help us see the familiar in a brilliant new light.

Synopsis:

From the author of the acclaimed novel "Wicked" comes a fresh perspective on another timeless tale--"Cinderella"--sure to enchant readers young and old alike. Line art.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art and culture at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the DeCordova Museum as well as at conferences around the world. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts, and in Vermont.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060392826
ill.:
Sanderson, Bill
Author:
Sanderson, Bill
Author:
Maguire, Gregory
Author:
by Gregory Maguire
Publisher:
William Morrow
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Beauty, Personal
Subject:
Fairy tales
Subject:
Netherlands
Subject:
Cinderella (Legendary character)
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Stepchildren
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Stepsisters - Netherlands
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
Nr. 8
Publication Date:
19991006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.59x6.57x1.30 in. 1.61 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages ReganBooks - English 9780060392826 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,

“[An] engrossing story...endearing and memorable.”
—Boston Herald

“[An] arresting hybrid of mystery, fairy tale, and historical novel.”
—Detroit Free Press

“A tale so movingly told that you will say at the end of the first reading, ‘Its been a long time since Ive read a book this good.”

—Nashville Tennessean

 

Gregory Maguire proves himself to be “one of contemporary fictions most assured myth-makers” (Kirkus Reviews) with Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, his ingenious and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella fairy tale. Perhaps best known for his dark and breathtaking Oz series The Wicked Years—including the novel Wicked, which inspired the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—Maguire is a master at upending the ordinary to help us see the familiar in a brilliant new light.

"Synopsis" by , From the author of the acclaimed novel "Wicked" comes a fresh perspective on another timeless tale--"Cinderella"--sure to enchant readers young and old alike. Line art.

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