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We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair ...Show synopsisWe have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave amongst 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 is swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path 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. Far more than a mere fairy tale, this is a novel of beauty and betrayal, reminding us that deception can be unearthed - and love unveiled - in the most unexpected of places.Hide synopsis
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (ReganBooks) – Trade paperback (2000)
Trade paperback, ReganBooks 2000
ISBN: 0060987529 ISBN-13: 9780060987527
Beautifully plays on the beloved tale of Cinderella. In this remarkable version we are taken to Amsterdam, where two impoverished sisters and their widowed mother are taken in by a Flemish painter, and the startling events that follow.Beautifully plays on the beloved tale of Cinderella. In this remarkable version we are taken to Amsterdam, where two impoverished sisters and their widowed mother are taken in by a Flemish painter, and the startling events that follow.Hide
Edition: First edition. Paperback edition. Illustrated.
Binding: Trade paperback
Description:Sanderson, Bill. New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New. Some...Sanderson, Bill. New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New. Some fading which appears to be charctertic of the paperback. Fast Arrival. Pristine Edition. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 400 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
Description:Is this new land a place where magics really happen? From...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.
My daughter had been suggesting I read this book for years. I think I avoided it because somewhere deep down I've always sympathized with the ugly stepsisters. I couldn't help but wonder what their lives would have been like with a different mother. The cover of this book gave me the impression that ...
I was surprised by how much I began to like this book the further I read into it. At the outset I was a little wary of the dry tone, thinking that Maguire was deliberately making his tale mundane, but soon the story began to center around the family relationships and the writing style warmed up.
This book is so much more than a simple re-imagining of the Cinderella story from the perspective of one of her Ugly Stepsisters. It has a unique charm all it's own.
The characters are all vibrant and alive. Nothing seems stereotypical or boring. It is a lush fairy tale grounded in the reality of the ...
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