In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we
return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion.
While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle
prepares for death. Before her final hour, a figure known as
Brrr-the Cowardly Lion-arrives searching for information about
Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. Abandoned as a cub,
his path from infancy is no Yellow Brick Road. In the wake of laws
that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing
to serve as a lackey to the warmongering Emperor of Oz.
A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened
by the Emerald City''s approaching armies. Can those tarnished by
infamy escape their sobriquets to claim their own histories, to
live honorably within their own skins before they''re skinned
Gregory Maguire''s new novel is written with the sympathy and
power that have made his books contemporary classics.