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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780060987527
Author(s): Gregory Maguire
Format: Paperback
Year: 2000
Publisher: ReganBooks
Dimensions: 156 x 235 x 27 (w x l x h)
Pages: 400
Pages: 14-18

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"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 h
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