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Gregory Maguire

Biography

Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of A WILD WINTER SWAN; HIDDENSEE; AFTER ALICE; CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER; LOST; MIRROR MIRROR; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes WICKED --- the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name --- SON OF A WITCH, A LION AMONG MEN and OUT OF OZ. Maguire has lectured on art, literature and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family in New England and in France.

Gregory Maguire

Books by Gregory Maguire

by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy, Fiction

Twenty-five years after WICKED first flew into our lives, THE BRIDES OF MARACOOR finds Elphaba’s granddaughter, Rain, washing ashore on a foreign island. Comatose from crashing into the sea, Rain is taken in by a community of single women committed to obscure devotional practices. As the mainland of Maracoor sustains an assault by a foreign navy, the island’s civil-servant overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and well-being of an entire nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for good or for ill?

by Gregory Maguire - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Realism

Following her brother's death and her mother's emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with her grandparents. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble at home and has been expelled from her high school. When Christmas is over and the new year begins, Laura may find herself at boarding school in Montreal. Nearly unmoored from reality through her panic and submerged grief, Laura is startled when a handsome swan boy with only one wing lands on her roof. She tries to build him a wing so he can fly home. Little does she know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are desperate for a distant relative’s financial aid to save the family store.

by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in WICKED and to Wonderland in AFTER ALICE, Gregory Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann --- the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. HIDDENSEE imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier --- the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet --- who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.

by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy, Fiction

Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late --- and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life.

by Gregory Maguire - Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside with her mother, who is slowly dying in their tiny cabin. But then a train arrives in the village, carrying untold wealth, a cornucopia of food, and a noble family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elena’s age. When the two girls’ lives collide, an adventure is set in motion, an escapade that includes mistaken identity; a monk locked in a tower; a prince traveling incognito; and Baba Yaga, witch of Russian folklore, in her ambulatory house perched on chicken legs.

by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy, Fiction

OUT OF OZ reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest --- placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland.

by Gregory Maguire - Fiction

Seven-year-old Bianca de Nevada lives on a farm perched high above the rolling hills and valleys of Tuscany. One day a noble entourage makes its way up the winding slopes to the farm—and the world comes to Montefiore. In the presence of Cesare Borgia and his sister, the lovely and vain Lucrezia—decadent children of a wicked pope—no one can claim innocence for very long.