Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory MaguireConfessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

byGregory Maguire

Paperback | October 3, 2000

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“[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, ‘It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book this good.’” <_o3a_p>

Nashville Tennessean<_o3a_p>


Gregory Maguire proves himself to be “one of contemporary fiction’s 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.<_o3a_p>

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 ...
Title:Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.96 inPublished:October 3, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060987529

ISBN - 13:9780060987527

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Editorial Reviews

[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)

Employee Review

As with his first novel, Wicked, Maguire has created a wonderful and intriguing retelling a childhood classic, this time adapting the story of Cinderella. Set in seventeenth-century Holland at the height of the tulip craze, it reads more like historical fiction then a fairy tale. This is a wonderful read which leaves you wondering where true beauty lies. I am also left wondering which story Maguire will adapt next -- perhaps Snow White or even Hansel and Gretel?