Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

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Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 20, 2010 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: September 20, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061960551

ISBN - 13: 9780061960550

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Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: September 20, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061960551

ISBN - 13: 9780061960550

About the Book

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.

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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 received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad. He is the author of the books Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men, which comprise his series called The Wicked Years. The Broadway play, Wicked, is based on his book of the same title. He is a founder and codirector of Children's Literature New England, Incorporated, a non-profit educational charity established in 1987. He has lived abroad in Dublin and London, and now calls Massachusetts his home.

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[A] bewitching story...Confessions has its roots in a fanciful tale--the Cinderella story--but it teases out motifs deeper than the generic fall-in-love-and-marry-the-prince-happily-ever-after....Witty and wise Adult and sophisticated, his musings on beauty, ugliness, magic, reality, and imagination explore how our past follows us always and shapes our self-perception. (Fort Worth Morning Star-Telegram)
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