The next meeting of Bernardsville Library’s book discussion group, Memoirs and Coffee, will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 23 in the library’s Community Room. Pat Kennedy-Grant, Readers’ Services Coordinator for the library, will lead the discussion of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999) by Gregory Maguire. [The author will not be present.]
A continuation of the fairy tale Cinderella, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister was called “an arresting hybrid of mystery, fairy tale and historical novel” by the Detroit Free Press. Set in the 17th century, the book tells the story of the lives of Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters—the plain, but intelligent Iris and the seemingly slow-witted Ruth—after they have fled England and take up residence in Holland.
This is Maguire’s second novel. His first, Wicked (1995), offered a similar re-imagining of the Land of Oz. He received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University and is a popular children's book author.
There is no charge to attend the book discussion, and no sign-up is needed. For further information, call the library at 908-766-0118.