In Wicked and its three sequels, Gregory Maguire gave readers an alternative version of L. Frank Baum’s world of Oz — darker and stranger, and with the familiar characters playing roles the original author never imagined.
In other novels, he has re-imagined the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, the Little Match Girl and the witch Baba Yaga, always offering a perspective that both enriches the original and plays with its ideas about what makes a hero or a villain.
Maguire’s latest novel, to be released on Tuesday, raises the stakes even higher. After Alice takes on not just the Wonderland that Lewis Carroll created, but also the voice in which he created it. And Maguire does both justice.
After Alice follows Ada, a friend of Alice mentioned briefly in the original, into Wonderland, alternating her story with that of Alice’s older sister Lydia, who stays behind in Oxford for her own strange adventures.
There follows an interview with the author… via ‘Wicked’ author revisits Wonderland through eyes of heroine’s friend | The Columbus Dispatch.