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Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical.
Mr. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He also helped found and for 25 years codirected Children’s Literature New England, Inc., a nonprofit that raises awareness of the significance of literature in the lives of children.
He lives with his family in metrowest Boston.
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In this novel, Mr. Maguire turns his unconventional genius to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." He transforms this classic tale, and gives it a mid-century American twist as an Italian-American girl's poignant coming-of-age story, set amid the magic of Christmas in 1960s New York.
Following her brother's death and her mother's emotional breakdown, Laura now lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, in a lonely townhouse she shares with her old-world, strict, often querulous grandparents. But the arrangement may be temporary. The quiet, awkward teenager has been getting into trouble both at home and at 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. Hiding him from her ever-bickering grandparents, Laura tries to build the swan boy a wing so he can fly home. But the task is too difficult to accomplish herself. Little does Laura know that her struggle to find help for her new friend parallels that of her grandparents, who are struggling to save the family business.
As he explores themes of class, isolation, family, and the dangerous yearning to be saved by a power greater than ourselves, Gregory Maguire conjures a haunting, beautiful tale of magical realism that illuminates one young woman’s heartbreak and hope as she begins the inevitable journey to adulthood.
25th anniversary edition (hardcover) of WICKED, signed by the author!
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