Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister

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Gay Author Gregory Maguire wins raves with his intriguing be be taking with his intriguing new take on the Cinderella story

"I seem to be stuck writing stories in which shoes figure prominently," says Gregory Maguire. "In my last book it was ruby slippers. This time it's a glass slipper. I'm not sure what this says about me."

Maguire is less doubtful about what critics and readers are saying about him. His first novel, 1995's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, kicked off his career with rave reviews and a captivated cult following. His latest, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (ReganBooks, $24), which revisits the Cinderella story with several queer twists, has been greeted with similar enthusiasm.

Twisting popular fairy stories has earned Maguire a big gay following. "Gay men learn early how to deal with being overlooked in certain situations," Maguire says. "In the new book the idea of the ugly stepsister being ignored is a perspective that gay people respond to."

Maguire didn't set out to tell a story that appealed specifically to gays. …

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