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This is Gregory Maguire’s debut novel, the first in his four-part series the Wicked Years. It is an adult re-telling of The Wizard of Oz, musing on the nature of good and evil, and featuring a little green-skinned girl Elphaba (named after the initials of L. Frank Baum), who grows up to be the Wicked Witch of the West. The story inspired the long-running, Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz. (1995, paperback)
“A staggering feat of wordcraft . . . [Maguire] has created . . . one of the great heroines in fantasy literature.” –Los Angeles Times
“Gregory Maguire has taken this figure of childhood fantasy and given her a sensual and powerful nature that will stir adult hearts with fear and longing all over again.” –New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit – that spot is well deserved.” –Kirkus Reviews