From the author of the beloved #1 New York Times bestseller Wicked, the magical story of a toymaker, a nutcracker, and a legend remade . . .
On Sale: October 31, 2017
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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.
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