Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
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... show more
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? Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed—and love unveiled—in the most unexpected of places.
Publish date: September 28th 2010
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
This is one of the best Maguire books I've read, right up there with the first couple Oz retellings (I only read the first two but heard the later ones weren't as good.)Similar to "Mirror, Mirror," Maguire places the story of Cinderella within a firm historical time and place -- Holland at the start...
I can vaguely remember watching a TV movie adaptation of this when I was a young girl. Due to my limited memory of this movie, I had no idea what to expect with the book, and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was able to get through it. First, I like how most of the focus of wrongdoing was...
I really like this version.
Actually 3.5 stars--I demand half-stars, dammit!I think I liked this. I found it less powerful than Wicked, but probably more likely to please a general audience: it has more warmth and redemption, less politics and religion, and no sex. It’s sad, but not nihilistic. It covers a much shorter time pe...
I read this when it first came out. It's very dark, not a happy book at all, but I loved it.