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The Next Queen of Heaven
by Gregory Maguire


Overview - A farcical and imaginative novel by the bestselling author of "Wicked" and "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" that was originally published as a limited-edition book for charity, now widely available for the first time.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A farcical and imaginative novel by the bestselling author of "Wicked" and "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister" that was originally published as a limited-edition book for charity, now widely available for the first time.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780061997792
  • ISBN-10: 006199779X
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: October 2010
  • Page Count: 347

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-08-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Maguire, who made a name for himself with bestselling fantasy books like Wicked, delivers a sharp, funny, and provocative dual coming-of-age story set in 1999 upstate New York, focusing on obnoxious 17-year-old Tabitha Scales, and Jeremy Carr, a musician and director of the local Catholic church choir. Tabitha becomes the caretaker of her devoutly Protestant mother, Leontina, after she takes a nasty bump on the head and transforms into a foul-mouthed, helpless stranger. Jeremy, meanwhile, hopes an upcoming music gig in New York City will give him what it takes to leave Thebes--and former flame Willem Handelaers, now happily married with children--in the past. Jeremy's longing for Willem is heartbreakingly conveyed, as is Tabitha's rushed maturity and yearning for a man she later learns is engaged to a woman in Jeremy's choir. In conversations and their inner lives, Maguire's characters philosophize about faith, religion, acceptance, and desire in a way that never feels forced or preachy, and though cutesy at times, Maguire's humor buoys the darker story lines and keeps this winning story on track. (Oct.)

 
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