Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel (Paperback)

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Reading this book, I fell in love with the ugly stepsister not just in spite of her flaws but, in many ways, because of them. This modified fairytale is full of romance and personal growth, and almost none of it involves a prince and a pair of glass slippers!

If you’ve ever loved Cinderella, you simply must give this book a try and, if you hated her, you should read it to see why her step sister did too! --Ella

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060987527
ISBN-10: 0060987529
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2000
Pages: 384
Language: English