New York, N.Y. : Regan Books, ?1999. Inscribed by Gregory Maguire. First American Edition. Hardcover. 368 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm. In original $24.00 dust jacket. Clean, gently used, and without marking in book. For additional detail on item, please submit inquiry via email. Bookseller Inventory #
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 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?
Extreme beauty is an affliction
Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.
Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale?
While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life.
God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes!
Far more than a mere fairy-tale, 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.
?[An] engrossing story...endearing and memorable.?
?[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.??
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.
Title: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Maguire, ...
Binding: Oct 06, 1999
Book Condition: Collectible; Very Good
Book Description William Morrow, 1999. Book Condition: Fair. 1st ed. N/A. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP93011840
Book Description William Morrow, 1999. Book Condition: Good. 1st ed. N/A. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP11536292
Book Description William Morrow, 1999. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st ed. N/A. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3055613
Book Description Regan Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2732154652
Book Description Regan Books. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Bookseller Inventory # 2733531225
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