The Next Queen of Heaven by Gregory Maguire
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“A delight….[A] funny and warmhearted exploration of the sacred and the profane.”
Washington Post

“Reading The Next Queen of Heaven is like hanging on to the back of an out-of-control carnival ride—terrifying, thrilling, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”

—Ann Patchett


New York Times bestseller Gregory Maguire—who re-imagined the land of Oz and all its fabled inhabitants in his monumental series, The Wicked Years—brings us The Next Queen of Heaven, a wildly farcical and gloriously imaginative tall tale of faith, Catholic dogma, lust, and questionable miracles on the eve of Y2K. The very bizarre and hilarious goings on in the eccentric town of Thebes make for a delightfully mad reading experience—as The Next Queen of Heaven shows off the acclaimed author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror in a brilliant new heavenly light.


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 October 5, 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks. 418 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Her mother is the long-suffering Leontina Scales, “a middle-aged pillar of the Radical Radiant Pentecostals (Also Republican, with some standards).” But things take a turn when a statue of Our Lady with a Chip on Her Shoulder falls over, bashing Leontina upside the skull and causing her to erupt ...

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Maguire, who made a name for himself with bestselling fantasy books like Wicked, delivers a sharp, funny, and provocative dual coming-of-age story set in 1999 upstate New York, focusing on obnoxious 17-year-old Tabitha Scales, and Jeremy Carr, a musician and director of the local Catholic church ...

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The Washington Post

Maguire's "The Next Queen of Heaven" is the latest offering from Concord Free Press, a nonprofit organization that, in lieu of a cover price, asks readers to donate to a local charity, church or struggling Bob Cratchit, then pass the book on to someone else.

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