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