Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
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“A brilliant achievement.”

Boston Herald

 

“Entertaining…profound….A novel for adults that unearths our buried fascination with the primal fears and truths fairy tales contain.”
Christian Science Monitor

 

Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author who re-imagined a darker, more dangerous Land of Oz in his New York Times bestselling series The Wicked Years, offers a brilliant reinvention of the timeless Snow White fairy tale: Mirror Mirror. Setting his story amid the cultural, political and artistic whirlwind of Renaissance Italy—and casting the notorious Lucrezia Borgia as the Evil Queen—Maguire and Mirror Mirror will enthrall a wide array of book lovers ranging from adult fans of Harry Potter to readers of the sophisticated stories of Angela Carter.

 

About Gregory Maguire

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Gregory Maguire is the bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic, is the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Bianca is 11, Cesare's attraction to her causes the envious Lucrezia to order a young hunter to murder her and deliver her heart in a casket.

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BC Books

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This reworking of "Snow White" breathes apple-dislodging new life into a traditional tale.

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If you know nothing about the Borgias, this book is bound to whet your appetite for finding out more about them.

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This is all thrown into disarray with the arrival of Lucrezia and her brother, Cesare Borgia, to their homestead, the end result being that Lucrezia stays to take care of Bianca whilst Vicente, Bianca’s father is required to go on a mission to find the Tree of Knowledge.

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Book Reporter

Readers looking for an imaginative, playful reworking of classic tales can't do better than Gregory Maguire's fractured fairy tales, and MIRROR MIRROR continues his strong tradition.

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Gregory Maguire's fourth novel, Mirror, Mirror, opens with a series of compelling but opaque blank-verse lines: "I am a rock whose hands have appetites / I am a hunter who cannot kill / I am a monster who let the child go," and so forth.

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Entertainment Weekly

Freewheeling, earthy, and inventive, Gregory Maguire's most popular novels are built on a narrative gimmick that promises an ever-expandable franchise of books, movies, and crowd-pleasing Broadway musicals: Maguire writes irreverent adult versions of children's classics that are also good yarns i...

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Christian Science Monitor

Maguire takes us back into this deadly woman's ghastly childhood, laying out the curriculum of sin she studied so enthusiastically.

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Fantasy Literature

Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire.

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Open Salon

The only positive aspect of the book is giving the book a semi-plausible historic setting for Snow White, but that is it.

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