Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #71: Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker by Gregory Maguire

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, previously hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
that showcases our most anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker 
Author: Gregory Maguire 
Publisher: William Morrow 
Expected Publication: October 31st, 2017 
Pre-order: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: In this imaginative novel rooted in the rich soil of early-nineteenth-century German Romanticism, beloved New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire twins an origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him. 

Gregory Maguire’s novels have been called “bewitching,” “remarkable,” “extraordinary,” “engrossing,” “amazing,” and “delicious.” Having brought his legions of devoted readers to Oz in Wicked, Wonderland in After Alice and Dickensian London in Lost, Maguire now takes us to the Black Forest of Bavaria and Munich of the Brothers Grimm and E. T. A. Hoffman. Hiddensee recreates the backstory of the Nutcracker, reimaging how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how it magically guided an ailing little girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a snowy Christmas Eve. It also brings to life the mysterious godfather Drosselmeier—the ominous, canny, one-eyed toymaker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s 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 a migrating strain of a Hellenic mystery-cult, and ponders a profound question: how a person who is abused by life, short-changed and challenged, can 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, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized on the eve of a winter holiday, has something precious to share.

This cover is so stunning, but we're equally drawn in by the summary.  This is definitely one we're waiting on!

What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

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  1. Oooo this sounds fun! (And girrrl am I ready for some WINTER up in here - too many sweaty body parts).

  2. I love retellings, and this sounds so unique and fascinating. Hope you get to read it soon and love it!
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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  3. You are right the cover is stunning. I read Wicked by this author years ago, and I was not a fan at all, so I am going to wait and see the reviews before deciding on this one.

  4. This does sound very unique, and yes that cover. Very nice. :)

  5. Ooo a retelling and yes I agree the cover is stunning.

  6. Pretty cover is pretty! I've heard mixed things on this author so you read it first and then tell me all about it!

  7. I have read a few books by this author and I had no idea this book will be coming out in the future. Sounds and looks interesting. :) Now I will be looking for it!

  8. OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! You.WONDERFUL.People. What an ABSOLUTELY AMAZING pick!!! You guys have NO idea how happy seeing this book has made me!! The thing is, this is my very FAVORITE E.T.A. Hoffman story! I read a collection of his stories as a child, and they have been in the back of my mind ever since, especially the fascinating tale of The Nutcracker, he who battled the Mouse King!!

    Well, THANKS to you both for putting this book on my radar!! On to Goodreads I go, to add it to my shelves!!! SUPER SQUISHY TACKLE HUGS TO YOU BOTH!!!!! <3 >3 >3 :) :) :)

  9. P.S. And I'm going to feature this STUNNING cover in my nest "Shelf Candy Saturday" post!!!! THANKS EVERY SO MUCH!!! HUGGLES GALORE!!!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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