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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:

The acclaimed author of "Wicked" conjures up a fresh perspective on the timeless tale of Cinderella, in this provocative, superbly written story about the true meaning of beauty. Line drawings throughout.

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:

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?

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, 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.

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror, Mirror; and the Wicked Years series, including Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061960550
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Maguire, Gregory
Author:
ndash
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100928
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.96 in 14.4 oz

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Product details 384 pages Harper Paperbacks - English 9780061960550 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed author of "Wicked" conjures up a fresh perspective on the timeless tale of Cinderella, in this provocative, superbly written story about the true meaning of beauty. Line drawings throughout.
"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 , 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?

Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, 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.

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