Gregory Maguire, critically acclaimed author of Wicked, returns with his eagerly anticipated second novel. Using a dazzling reincarnation of the Cinderella story set in 17th century Holland, Maguire deftly weaves together stories of inner and outer beauty. Iris is a plain but intelligent young girl. Forced to flee England with her recently widowed mother, Margarethe, and her older sister, she finds herself swept into a life that becomes a legend. Arriving destitute, the family becomes employed in the home of a wealthy tulip merchant. Margarethe is hired as the housekeeper and Iris as a companion to the merchant's stunningly beautiful but troubled daughter. When the merchant's wife dies, Margarethe seizes the moment, and a wicked stepmother is born. Narrated with spirit and warmth by Jenny Sterlin, Gregory Maguire's vision of Cinderella is a sweeping story of love and deception, where a ball, a handsome prince and the betrayal of a daughter can lead to everyone living happily ever after.
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"Margarethe and her two homely daughters flee seventeenth-century England for Holland, where poverty forces them to work for a wealthy tulip merchant. After the death of the merchant's wife, Margarethe and he are married, and she becomes stepmother to his captivating and bewildered daughter, Iris. Jenny Sterlin magically depicts all these characters while incorporating period slang and Dutch intonation. As this enchanting story unfolds, Sterlin's portrayal of Iris reveals remarkable inner beauty, wisdom, and a soul older than her years. Margarethe is bigger than life, a true survivor with a cunning instinct to protect her daughters, and herself in the bargain, no matter the consequence. This is a classic fairy tale with a twist performed with passion and character. Listeners will know it's a take on "Cinderella," but must follow the magical path to discover, like the slipper, how it will all fit. B.J.P. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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