Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

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Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 9, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

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 Stepsisteris 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, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: September 9, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061960551

ISBN - 13: 9780061960550

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confession... Not as pleased with this novel as I was with Wicked, but it was still worth reading. Not one of his best pieces of literature (if you would like to call it that). This book really has no thinking to it; it’s more of a book that you can read over different spans of time and not be lost in the story. Nothing of what you’d call a “page turner”
Date published: 2006-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was my favourite book by Gregory Maguire. I loved the characters and the storyline. When I read Wicked and Mirror, Mirror, it took me awhile to get through them, but I could barely put this one down. Well done!
Date published: 2006-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... in the eye of the beholder... Imagination NEVER ceases to amaze me. I am continually floored by the power of Maguire's imagination. His first work, Wicked, took the the Wizard of Oz to an entirely new level. Cinderella will now follow in those footsteps. The prose is conversational which keeps the story moving. The twists are delightful and revealing. The ties that can be made to modern life are uncanny. And the point of view that the tale is told from -- one of the ugly stepsisters -- gives a whole new meaning to the gift OR curse of beauty.
Date published: 2000-03-07

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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, 9 × 6 × 1 in

Published: September 9, 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.

From the Publisher

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 Stepsisteris 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 is the author of several best-selling adult novels, includingWicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture bookCrabby Cratchitt, the novelThe Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writingLeaping Beauty, Mr. Maguire sadly became allergic to all creatures great and small. Now he lives in a house without pets, though he is the father of three happy, noisy small children to whom, at this writing, he has not yet developed allergies.

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)