Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister
by Gregory Maguire
Headline Review Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780755341672
Date: 03 April 2008 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Nine years after it was first published in the US, Headline bring Gregory Maguire's Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister to a British audience in the form of this smart hard cover release.
"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 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."