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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

  • Title: Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
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  • ISBN : 9780060987527
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 372 pages


We have all 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 looks Set against the backdrop of seventeenth century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly We have all 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 looks Set against the 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, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household and the treacherous truth of her former life


Author Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is an American author, whose novels are revisionist retellings of children s stories such as L Frank Baum s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz into Wicked He received his Ph.D in English and American Literature from Tufts University, and his B.A from the State University of New York at Albany He was a professor and co director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children




Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister Reviews (31)

  • I love books based on fairy tales, but it s taken me forever to really read any of Maguire s stuff I still haven t read Wicked Years ago, I tried reading this book and just couldn t get into it But with so many people telling me how great this guy is, I decided to give it another shot This book foll [..]

  • In the lives of children, pumpkins turn into coaches, mice and rats turn into men When we grow up, we realize it is far common for men to turn into rats I enjoy Maguire s work He combines lively characters with literary writing.Unlike Maguire s other, wildly successful novel Wicked The Lif [..]

  • Maguire s ability to come up with an interesting story is far better than his ability to tell the story His writing is often a bit too labored, his symbolism too transparent, and his literary devices a bit clunky.Like Wicked , Confessions offers the reader a variation on a well known story Also like [..]

  • This was an easy read and an interesting take on the Cinderella story, but it wasn t amazing It felt like it gave a very long build up to a climax that was vague and unexciting and a denouement that was pretty disappointing Only as an epilogue do we discover what happened to Iris, the main character [..]

  • I am an idiot I did it to myself again After reading Wicked and hating it, I decided to give Gregory Maguire another go Apparently, Maguire is my literary equivalent to the corner brick on my fireplace that I keep stubbing my toe upon, even though I know it s there and I know it s going to hurt.But [..]

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