Waiting on Wednesday 12/13/17

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller (May 22, 2018 by William Morrow)

We all know the story of Cinderella, but what about her infamous stepmother? I am a sucker for these “twists on a classic fairy tale” where we get a new perspective from the villain. This being the author’s novel debut, I’m a little uncertain how this is going to turn out, but I’m definitely intrigued by the book’s description and I’m curious to see where Teller will go with this.

In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella’s “evil” stepmother.

We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we?

As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. . . .

A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress’s apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone’s unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises.

Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of “happily ever after.”

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12 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 12/13/17

  1. OOh nice! I saw this one just recently! Sounds like an intriguing read! I love fairy tale retellings/origins/twists! Going to have to keep an eye on this one!

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  2. This trend of revisiting well-known fairy tales is growing stronger, and it makes me more than a little curious to see how our childhood tales are transformed, or how a different angle can change our perspective on them. This one sounds downright fascinating, and a great place to start… Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  3. Yes, I saw this one on Edleweiss and made a request (although I’m not always very successful over on the site). Fingers crossed because I did really like the sound of this one.
    Lynn 😀

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