Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Hiddensee; After Alice; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked--the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical--Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family in New England.
"A captivating storyteller. . . . Maguire pays subtle homage to
Tolkien and Rowling and even Frank Baum while having a grand old
time in the fantastically complicated world he has crafted. . . .
Action-filled. . . . [a] deliciously fun novel."--Kirkus
Reviews (starred review)
#9 New York Times Bestseller--New York Times
"[A] masterwork.... Concludes...one of the most audacious and successful fantasy series of the past few decades.... Hilarious, heart-wrenching and extremely poignant.... The greatest fantasy series make one want to read them again. That's what I intend to do with this one."--Washington Post
"A worthy conclusion to an imaginative and emotionally searing cultural phenomenon. . . . nobody does fractured fairy tales better than Maguire."--Booklist
"Engrossing, complex . . . continues to flip the world of Oz on its head while answering new and old questions about Oz and its denizens. Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)
"In four books, Maguire has expanded the mythology of Oz from L. Frank Baum's books and created a land that's just as rich as Middle-earth or Narnia, and balances the serious with the sublime. . . . Out of Oz is a satisfying finish to the Wicked Years saga."--USA Today
In the conclusion to Maguire's Wicked Years series, Glinda is put under house arrest, the Emerald City prepares to invade Munchkinland, and Elphaba's little granddaughter, Rain (not knowing her heritage and working as a lowly maid in Glinda's house) is just beginning to discover her powers. Meanwhile, back in Kansas, Dorothy is considered eccentric for insisting she visited Oz, and her aunt and uncle take her on a trip to distract her-that is until she finds her way back to that faraway magical land. John McDonough-who has narrated all of the audiobooks in the series-offers up a nuanced performance that showcases a deep understanding of Maguire's fantasy world and its inhabitants. He creates distinctive voices for each character and capably conveys the ironic spirit of the novel. And while listeners may find an adult male voicing the dialogue of a little girl somewhat jarring at first, McDonough performance is a natural, engaging one that makes the Land of Oz come to life. A Morrow hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.