Waiting on Wednesday: Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

I have a real soft spot for alternative takes on classic stories or new stories set in the worlds of classic stories, and Gregory Maguire is one of the best creators of alternative classics that I’ve had the luck to come across.  That’s why this week’s W.O.W. is:

 

Out of Oz
Gregory Maguire

William Morrow
Releases on Nov. 1, 2011 
384 pages 
Buy it on Amazon here

The marvelous land of Oz is knotted with social unrest: The Emerald City is mounting an invasion of Munchkinland, Glinda is under house arrest, and the Cowardly Lion is on the run from the law. And look who’s knocking at the door. It’s none other than Dorothy. Yes, that Dorothy.

Amid all this chaos, Elphaba’s granddaughter, the tiny green baby born at the close of Son of a Witch, has come of age. Now, Rain will take up her broom in an Oz wracked by war.

The stirring, long-awaited conclusion to the extraordinary bestselling series begun with Wicked, Out of Oz is a magical journey rife with revelations and reversals, reprisals and surprises — the hallmarks of the brilliant and unique imagination of Gregory Maguire.

I’ve read Wicked a number of times and eagerly devoured Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men, and though they all have their ridiculous moments (what faerie tale doesn’t?), I would highly recommend all three.  I was pleasantly surprised when I got a newsletter from Maguire saying that the fourth and final book would be coming out in a few months.  After A Lion Among Men, it sounds like we’re returning to what I consider to be the main storyline to close out the series.  I hope Rain is as awesome as Elphaba always was.  Very excited about this one.

 

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