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After Alice: A Novel


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Gregory Maguire is the author of the best-selling Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway and international hit musical of the same name. He is also the author of the best-sellers Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost,Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years novels that, besides Wicked, includeA Lion Among Men, Son of a Witch, and the final novel in the series, Out of Oz (William Morrow). A popular keynote speaker, Maguire has lectured at universities, libraries, and arts and culture institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Gregory Maguire is an American author who is best known for his critically acclaimed novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which was made into the hit Broadway production of the same name. Maguire has also written Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, and many other novels for adults and children.

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    After Alice: A Novel

    by Gregory Maguire
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  • Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire

    Best known as the author of Wicked and the Hamlet Chronicles, Gregory Maguire has been writing for children for more than thirty-five years. He has a PhD from Tufts University and taught for many years at Simmons College in the children´s literature program. He is co-founder of Children´s Literature New England. His work as a consultant in creative writing for children has taken him to speaking engagements across the United States and abroad.

    When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.