All the Ever Afters

All the Ever Afters

The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

Book - 2018
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"In the vein of Wicked, The Woodcutter, and Boy, Snow, Bird, a luminous reimagining of a classic tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, Cinderella's "evil" stepmother. We all know the story of Cinderella. Or do we? As rumors about the cruel upbringing of beautiful newlywed Princess Cinderella roil the kingdom, her stepmother, Agnes, who knows all too well about hardship, privately records the true story. A peasant born into serfdom, Agnes is separated from her family and forced into servitude as a laundress's apprentice when she is only ten years old. Using her wits and ingenuity, she escapes her tyrannical matron and makes her way toward a hopeful future. When teenaged Agnes is seduced by an older man and becomes pregnant, she is transformed by love for her child. Once again left penniless, Agnes has no choice but to return to servitude at the manor she thought she had left behind. Her new position is nursemaid to Ella, an otherworldly infant. She struggles to love the child who in time becomes her stepdaughter and, eventually, the celebrated princess who embodies everyone's unattainable fantasies. The story of their relationship reveals that nothing is what it seems, that beauty is not always desirable, and that love can take on many guises. Lyrically told, emotionally evocative, and brilliantly perceptive, All the Ever Afters explores the hidden complexities that lie beneath classic tales of good and evil, all the while showing us that how we confront adversity reveals a more profound, and ultimately more important, truth than the ideal of "happily ever after.""-- Provided by publisher.
"A luminous retelling of the classic Cinderella tale, told from the perspective of Agnes, the "evil" step-mother"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062798206
Branch Call Number: FICTION Teller, Danielle
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 22 cm


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IndyPL_AngieL Jul 10, 2019

“All the Ever Afters” by Danielle Teller is a book based on the story of Cinderella—but it is told from the stepmother’s point of view, not Cinderella’s. Consequently, the book is much more sympathetic to Agnes than to Cinderella, who is far from perfect (as the fairy tale suggests). All that Agnes endures in her life is presented in gritty detail, so that the reader can easily see her side of things. She is not portrayed at all as evil. Even when she becomes the stepmother of Cinderella, exasperation is the chief feeling toward her difficult and highly-strung stepdaughter. Agnes’ own daughters are presented as more level-headed and practical (and loving) than they are portrayed in most fairy tales. A fascinating glimpse into the life of the “wicked” stepmother!

Oct 28, 2018

Really opens your eyes to womens struggles over the centuries. Excellent read and retelling.

Jun 18, 2018

This is a phenomenal debut with a great cast of complex characters and an interesting and unique story to tell despite being shaped around a story as old as time.

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