Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

by Gregory Maguire 

I have read plenty revised versions of Cinderalla, such as Ella Enchanted and Just Ella, most of them I enjoyed, but this is definitely an outstanding accomplishment.  It swifted the focus onto Iris, the stepsister who is plain in looks but kind, wise and observative, a young girl on the brim of maturity, painfully aware of her plain looks and insecure. It is striped of the fairy godmother and landed squarely into a specific spot in history and place.  It adds depth and reasoning to each character, so we can understand why each do and say the things one does, and how the story goes where it should go.

I have never been particularly interested in Wicked, despite the hype around it.  Now I look forward to what Mcguire’s next work is.   

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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