Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

by Gregory Maguire

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Overview

“[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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061960550
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,023,056
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

About the Author

Gregory Maguire is the author of several best-selling adult novels, including Wicked, which was turned into a Broadway musical. His books for younger readers include the picture book Crabby Cratchitt, the novel The Good Liar, and the popular Hamlet Chronicles series. While writing Leaping 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.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

June 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Albany, New York

Education:

B.A., SUNY at Albany, 1976; M.A., Simmons College, 1978; Ph.D., Tufts University, 1990

Table of Contents

Prologue Stories Painted on Porcelain xiii
The Obscure Child
1(76)
Marketplace
3(9)
Stories Told Through Windows
12(6)
Looking
18(10)
Meadow
28(5)
Sitting for Schoonmaker
33(12)
Girl with Wildflowers
45(9)
Half a Door
54(10)
Van Den Meer's Household
64(13)
The IMP-Riddled House
77(62)
The Small Room of Outside
79(19)
Small Oils
98(7)
The Masterpiece
105(4)
Rue, Sage, Thyme, and Temper
109(8)
Reception
117(6)
Virginal
123(6)
Simples
129(10)
The Girl of Ashes
139(92)
Flowers for the Dead
141(11)
Plague and Luarantine
152(8)
The Nowbere Windmill
160(11)
Invitations
171(13)
A Fair Light on a Full Table
184(12)
Wind and Tide
196(8)
The Girl of Ashes
204(7)
Finery
211(10)
Spine and Chamber
221(5)
Collapses
226(5)
The Gallery of God's Mistakes
231(70)
Campaigns
233(8)
The Gallery of God's Mistakes
241(12)
Cinderella
253(4)
Van Stolk and van Antum
257(9)
The Night before the Ball
266(15)
The Changeling
281(3)
Small Magic
284(8)
Tulip and Turnips
292(9)
The Ball
301(59)
The Medici Ball
303(19)
Clarissa of Aragon
322(12)
Midnight
334(11)
A Most Unholy Night
345(6)
The Second Slipper
351(9)
Epilogue Stories Written in Oils 360

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