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By Gregory Maguire

Is this new land a spot the place magics quite happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed writer of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated moment novel, a super and provocative retelling of the undying Cinderella tale.

In the lives of kids, pumpkins can become coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... once we develop up, we study that it's way more universal for humans to show into rats....

We all have heard the tale of Cinderella, the gorgeous baby solid out to slave one of the ashes.But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by way of the celebrity in their gorgeous sibling? What destiny came about these untouched by means of good looks . . . and what curses observed Cinderella's beautiful looks?

Extreme good looks is an affliction

Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an unpleasant Stepsister tells the tale of Iris, an not going heroine who unearths herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a wierd international of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's course speedy turns into intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally appealing woman destined to develop into her sister.

Clara was once the prettiest baby, yet was once her existence the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the relatives fireplace, burning all thoughts of her earlier, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets and techniques of her new household--and the treacherous fact of her former life.

God and devil snarling at one another like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers attempting to undo each one other's paintings. How we attempt to pin the realm among contrary extremes!

Far greater than a trifling fairy-tale, Confessions of an unpleasant Stepsister is a singular of good looks and betrayal, phantasm and realizing, reminding us that deception may be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the main unforeseen of places.

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Caution, daughter! But Margarethe goes on to remark, “We are in a Roman chapel, full of idols. In England few would sanction such blasphemy anymore. ” “Who can say what purpose beauty serves? qxd T H E O 2/12/2003 B S C U R E C 8:39 AM Page 23 H I L D devotions,” says the Master, hunting through a pile of brushes for one to serve in the task at hand. ” “I see the Virgin in blue and scarlet; I see the Christ like a fat Dutch baby raised on cheese. I notice angels everywhere,” says Margarethe dismissively.

Iris is mortified but gamely keeps on. “We’re the Girl-Stag of the Meadow,” says Iris. qxd T H E O 2/12/2003 B S C U R E C 8:39 AM Page 43 H I L D “The disguise is impeccable,” says the Master dryly. ” Despite himself, he starts to laugh. “Iris, you have some cleverness about you. But you’re late, daughters, and you worried your mother; she went to look for you. You worried me too. There is supper in the kitchen. Now look, this is our Caspar, feckless Caspar, returned from the Hague. ” “I wrote the letters myself,” says Caspar boastfully.

And glad for it now. “Let me see what you have done with me,” she says after the fifth afternoon. The lowering sun is pushing dusty golden light at the canvas, and she feels brave. “There’s no point,” he says. “I haven’t caught you. I’m not trying to catch you. qxd T H E O 2/12/2003 B S C U R E C 8:39 AM Page 39 H I L D shape to me. There is a shadow on the board; it is not Iris Fisher. It is a nameless girl, spiritless, while you are a spirited English-Dutch girl named Iris Fisher. It’s easy to assume you’re the same as the painting, but you’re not.

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