All The Ever Afters: The Untold Story Of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle TellerAll The Ever Afters: The Untold Story Of Cinderella's Stepmother by Danielle Teller

All The Ever Afters: The Untold Story Of Cinderella's Stepmother

byDanielle Teller

Paperback | May 22, 2018

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In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s "evil" stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after."

Danielle Teller received her medical training at McGill University, Brown University and Yale University. She has held faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University, where she investigated the origins of chronic lung disease and taught in the medical intensive care unit. In 2013, Danielle quit her job to purs...
Title:All The Ever Afters: The Untold Story Of Cinderella's StepmotherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.96 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062856383

ISBN - 13:9780062856388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from a great retelling I saw this book and had to have it. I was a little hesitant because i love the cinderella story. But this retelling was excellent
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cinderella's Stepmother Steals the Show Fresh and ferocious, ALL THE EVER AFTERS is the best fairy tale retelling I've ever read. Wholly original, Teller took the Cinderella story we know and love and flipped the script. With strong themes about society's view on physical beauty and even stronger prose, I devoured each chapter. They say that everyone is the hero in their own life but in this case, Agnes was a shining star and far more interesting than the traditional tale implied. Five stars, plus one million stars, for a total of one million and five stars.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Swept up in a Fairytale I got my hands on this today and starting reading immediately-I Love all things Cinderella....this was quite a different take on my childhood favorite obviously. I really enjoyed getting a different POV in this retelling. A must read for all fairytale lovers esp. my fellow Cinderella fans!
Date published: 2018-05-23

Editorial Reviews

“Teller set aside an established medical career as a pulmonary doctor and researcher five years ago to write full time. Nevertheless, she plays surgeon still, extracting the (formerly) villainous stepmother as protagonist and skillfully excising the classic story’s myths, magic and misconceptions.”