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Matchless : An Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The Little Match Girl"

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With Matchless, Gregory Maguire has reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Match Girl for a new time and new audiences. Originally asked by National Public Radio to write an original story with a Christmas theme, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men was once again inspired by the fairy tales we all loved in childhood-and he composed a poignant and enchanting tale of transcendence. A lovely and beautifully illustrated gift, Matchless places Andersen's pitiful waif in the august company of Maguire's previously re-imagined Snow White (Mirror, Mirror), Cinderella (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), and, of course, the Wicked Witch and other denizens of Oz.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 124.46 x 185.42 x 10.16mm | 113.4g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 4 Colour Drawings throughout
  • 0062004824
  • 9780062004826
  • 281,376

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The beloved New York Times bestselling author of Wicked reimagines Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" for modern readers, putting a new twist on a timeless classic.

In Matchless, Gregory Maguire adds a different dimension to the story, exquisitely intertwining the match girl's tale with that of Frederik, a young boy who builds a city out of trash, and whose yearnings are the catalyst for a better future for himself and his family. Maguire uses his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen's original intentions, suggesting transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.
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An Indie Next List Notable -- IndieBound "The little match girl's story is now getting its due thanks to novelist Gregory Maguire of `Wicked' fame.... Matchless glows with aching beauty." -- Huntsville Times "Maguire's story has the weight and solidity of a treasured folk tale, something to be handed down and retold." -- Ellen Trachtenberg, author of The Best Children's Literature: A Parent's Guide
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About Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Now a beloved classic, Wicked is the basis for a blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.
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