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By Gregory Maguire

“Maguire’s paintings is melodic, symphonic, and gorgeous; it really is dejected and biting and courageous. How nice that individuals flock to those magical novels.”
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Bestselling writer Gregory Maguire’s notable sequence, The depraved Years, comes complete circle with this, his fourth and ultimate day trip throughout a darker, richer, extra advanced panorama of “the magical land of oz” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s global over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the great witch below condo arrest and having the cowardly Lion at the lam from the legislation because the Emerald urban prepares to make battle on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a effective go back in Maguire’s wonderful ounces finale—tying up each free eco-friendly finish of the sequence he started together with his vintage Wicked, the foundation for the ruin hit Broadway musical.

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