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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister [Gregory Maguire] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Editorial Reviews. Review. Gregory Maguire’s chilling, wonderful retelling of Cinderella is a study in contrasts. Love and hate, beauty and ugliness, . The inspired concept of Maguire’s praised debut, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, was not a fluke. Here he presents an equally.

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A somewhat creative variation, but one in which many of maguife characters are incredibly hard to like, and the story just falls flat in the end.

The story takes us to seventeenth-century Holland where a plain and physically-unremarkable Iris, the protagonist, along with her conniving mother and mentally-challenged sister find themselves at the whim of the townsfolk’s generosity and eventually at the mercy of their mother’s bartering skills.

For those of you who’ve read both Wicked and this, which do you prefer?

It was an interesting retelling. Her mother is spiritually suffocated by her obsession with appearances and survival and it was heart rendering at times to see how this fear crippled her daughters. A look at the classic “Cinderella” story from the perspective of one of her ‘ugly’ stepsisters.

However, one of the problems with the novel is that the characters are too difficult to love. What does that have to do with anything?

Maguire has turned his shtick into a cottage industry, which is fine. Confessions is not so terrible as Mirror Mirror or Lost, but I’m still leaving feeling like he could have done so much more. Jan 17, Beverly rated it really liked it.


In Confessions of an Ugly StepsisterClara is the one who always has to stand next to van den Meer to sell her beauty, and to be exploited by him. Ruth is a large, hulking girl who doesn’t talk and Iris, although plain, is cunning and resourceful. They travel to Hol I read this for one of my F2F book clubs and after having read “Mirror, Mirror” a number of years ago, I was not looking forward to it.

I still haven’t read maguiire. It was hard to get my head out of the world of this book.

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

And the writing itself is outstanding, the sentence-by-sentence pace intricate and beautiful. That’s my next gig!

I bought it the day after it came out, because I was already obsessed with Gregory Maguire despite the fact that he had only written one other adult book at that point. I’m sorry, I just cannot get into this story.

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And this sounded as if the author left his finger on the bell when he struck it, to over-extend the metaphor. Just not interesting at all for me. Both sisters are ugly, but thoughtful, and care deeply about Clara. Iris secretly helps Clara get to the ball and the prince immediately falls in love with confessilns. He received his Ph. Jul 04, Wealhtheow rated it liked it Shelves: Set in 17th-century Holland, Confessions is the story of Margarethe Fisher, her two daughters Iris “plain as a board” and Ruth “ungainly and unattractive, a gibbering and stammering” messand of Clara our lovely Cinderella and the man who paints her The Master.


Perhaps the wicked stepsisters were not so wicked. The story begins as Iris Azura Skye and her sister Ruth Emma Poole flee England in distress as their mother, Margarethe Stockard Channinghas once again gotten the family into trouble with her constant conniving; back in Holland, Margarethe soon returns to scheming.

What i didn’t realise was that the fairy godmother element was removed in order to make the story seem like gregorj could actually have happened in real life. The merchant’s daughter, Clara, befriends the two young girls amidst her fear of leaving her home and her belief that confedsions is a changeling. There are exceptions of course, but even Silence of the Lambs has a weirdly aspirational element to our fascination with Hannibal Lecter.

Though I was not impressed by this story’s Cinderella Claraa character I have always adored, Iris more than makes up for her as a strong and likeable heroine. Share this Rating Title: The narration is done by the stepsister – a child herself.