Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker (Hardcover)

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A timely new novel by the NY Times bestselling author of Wicked, Maguire has turned his notable talent for retelling classic stories to the story of Herr Drosselmeier of Nutcracker fame. But this is more than just a retelling of this well-known tale. As Maguire noted at his recent Odyssey appearance celebration the publication of Hiddensee, he sees his writing as an intellectual experience masquerading as popular fiction. As in Wicked and his other books, he ponders larger issues – in this case how the powerless and disadvantaged in society can nonetheless play an important role in helping others – while crafting a captivating story delving back into the Brothers Grimm and German folklore. This will make a great gift and we have signed copies for sale. 
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From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .

Gregory Maguire returns with an inventive novel inspired by a timeless holiday legend, intertwining the story of the famous Nutcracker with the life of the mysterious toy maker named Drosselmeier who carves him.

Hiddensee: An island of white sandy beaches, salt marshes, steep cliffs, and pine forests north of Berlin in the Baltic Sea, an island that is an enchanting bohemian retreat and home to a large artists' colony-- a wellspring of inspiration for the Romantic imagination . . .

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 fairy tale 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.


Praise For…

“Maguire’s characteristic tone is dark and enchanting in his newest fairy tale revision... a powerful story of hope and redemption sure to delight his fans.”

“Enchanting, mystical and filled with wonder, it’s the perfect holiday fairy tale for grown-ups.”

“An inventive, and often dark, retelling of the holiday classic.”

“Continuing his tradition of rewriting fairy tales with an arch eye and offbeat point of view, Maguire turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…A brilliant and nicely off-kilter reading of the children’s classic, retrofitted for grown-ups—and a lot of fun.”

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062684387
ISBN-10: 0062684388
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English