Gregory Maguire, Hiddensee

 
Sunday, November 5, 4:00pm
The Odyssey Bookshop
 
Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked and to Wonderland in After Alice, Maguire now takes us to the realms of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffmann-- the enchanted Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich. Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier-- the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairytale ballet-- who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter.
 
But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults-- a fascination with death and the afterlife-- and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.
 
Gregory Maguire is a writer of several dozen crossover books for adults and children. His best-known work is WickedHe 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.
 
 Please Note: We request attendees purchase a copy of Hiddensee to enter the signing line.
E-mail rsvp@odysseybks.com to reserve a seat.
 
 
 
Event date: 
Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Odyssey Bookshop
9 College St.
South Hadley, MA 01075
Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062684387
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - October 31st, 2017