Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

HarperCollins | September 28, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel is rated 3.88235294117647 out of 5 by 17.

“[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>

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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>

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

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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Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister: A Novel

by Gregory Maguire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.96 in

Published: September 28, 2010

Publisher: HarperCollins

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

“[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>

<_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>

From the Jacket

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 is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofConfessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror;and the Wicked Years, a series that includesWicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men,andOut of Oz. Now a beloved classic,Wickedis the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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)