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Top 40 Book Club : Top 40 Book Club Reads 2019
FICTION 19 What should I read next? The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman Hiddensee Gregory Maguire The bestselling author of Wicked and After Alice has gifted us with another dark retelling of a classic fairytale. In Hiddensee we explore the story behind the legendary Nutcracker and the life of Herr Drosselmeyer, the skilled toymaker who carves him. Maguire introduces us to Dirk, a foundling child, injured in an accident, an outcast – weaving a world of fantasy to keep the tragedy at bay. As an adult, Dirk opens a toy store and fashions the most enchanting creations, but it is only the sickly little girl Klara who truly appreciates their magic. Be warned, there is not a sweet and delightful sugar plum fairy in sight. This is a much harder, colder tale. However, it is an engaging story that explores themes of loss, friendship, redemption and hope. As always, Maguire aptly interlaces myth and modernity to create an enchanting read. Fans of his previous books will appreciate this addition to his reimagined worlds.
Top 40 Book Club Reads 2018