Confessions of an ugly stepsister: A Novel

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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.'"

--Nashville Tennessean

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.

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Full title confessions of an ugly stepsister
Author maguire gregory
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display_description From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale. 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 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. 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. 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.
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subject_facet Audiobooks (CD), Beauty, Personal -- Fiction, Cinderella (Tale) -- Adaptations -- Audiobooks (CD), Fairy tales -- Adaptations, Haarlem (Netherlands) -- Fiction, Stepsisters -- Fiction
title_display Confessions of an ugly stepsister
title_full Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister A Novel, Confessions of an ugly stepsister / Gregory Maguire ; illustrations by Bill Sanderson, Confessions of an ugly stepsister [sound recording] / by Gregory Maguire
title_short Confessions of an ugly stepsister
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topic_facet Audiobooks (CD), Beauty, Personal, Cinderella (Tale), Fairy tales, Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore, Stepsisters