October Book Photo Challenge – Day 22: Books and Pumpkins

Originally posted 2015-10-22 08:00:15.

Welcome to day 22 of the challenge from Books and Cupcakes! When I saw the word “pumpkins” I immediately thought Cinderella. Now, as a fairy tale goes, Cinderella isn’t near the top of my list of favorites- not even close. However, there was one Cinderella book I adored. Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire.  Although Maguire is probably better known for Wicked , Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was much more of an enjoyable read for me. (I’ll be honest, I like Wicked: the musical, over Wicked: the book)

The story follows a version of Cinderella as told from the lens of one of her Ugly Stepsisters. The book delves into the life of Iris, and Ruth as they flee England with their mother and adapt to living in the Netherlands. The clssic story then unfolds with many twists and turns. Maguire does an excellent job taking the original characters from Cinderella and fleshing them out to create something new in this age old fairy tale. If you’ve not given it a read, try it out! It’s pretty fantastic.

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