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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguireis a 372-page softcover published by ReganBooks, 1999.  The overall condition is very good, with no signs of use.

Book Summary

We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.  But what of her stepsisters, the homely pile 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 finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to the strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition.  Iris's path quickly 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.

Fare more than a mere fairy tale, 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.

ISBN:   0-06-098752-9

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