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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother (udgave 2018)

af M D Danielle Teller MD (Forfatter)

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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."… (mere)
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Titel:All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother
Forfattere:M D Danielle Teller MD (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow & Company (2018), 384 pages
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A Cinderella story told through the eyes of the “evil” stepmother.

I would classify this as historical fiction since there is no trace of magic in this world. It is similar to the movie Ever After in the way it takes the fairy tale and grounds it in a historical setting, showing how the original events could be twisted and embellished over time to become the magical bedtime story we are familiar with.

In this version of events, Agnes, a ten-year-old girl who would eventually become Cinderella’s stepmother, begins work at a manor house as an overworked laundry girl. Over the years, her ambition, cleverness, and unfortunate circumstances eventually lead her to the position of young Ella’s nanny. The story gives answers to how Agnes’ own daughters came to be considered ugly; who filled the wish-granting role of godmother; and, of course, how the iconic nickname came to be. It also provides a glimpse into Cinderella’s life after she married the prince, and gives us an ending to the stepmother’s and stepsisters’ story.

All in all, a very interesting historical perspective on the classic tale! ( )
  vvbooklady | May 18, 2021 |
3.5 ( )
  naoph | Jan 1, 2021 |
👠 𝕀𝕥’𝕤 𝕒𝕟 𝕦𝕟𝕥𝕠𝕝𝕕 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪 𝕠𝕗 ℂ𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒’𝕤 𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕡𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝔸𝕘𝕟𝕖𝕤
🐭𝔸𝕘𝕟𝕖𝕤 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕤𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕘 𝕨𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕕𝕚𝕖𝕕.𝔸𝕗𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕤𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕒𝕝 𝕪𝕖𝕒𝕣 𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕗𝕒𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕥𝕠 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 𝕒𝕥 𝔸𝕧𝕚𝕔𝕖𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕕 𝕄𝕒𝕟𝕠𝕣 𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕤𝕖.𝕊𝕙𝕖 𝕨𝕒𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕪 𝟙𝟘 𝕨𝕙𝕖𝕟 𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕤𝕥𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕤 𝕒 𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤’𝕤 𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕚𝕔𝕖.
👗𝕄𝕚𝕤𝕤 𝔼𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕒𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕙 𝕚𝕤 𝕒 𝕙𝕒𝕣𝕕-𝕙𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤.𝕊𝕙𝕖 𝕦𝕤𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕡𝕦𝕟𝕚𝕤𝕙 𝔸𝕘𝕟𝕖𝕤 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕣𝕪 𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘.
🐶𝕌𝕟𝕖𝕩𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕕𝕝𝕪 𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕒𝕜𝕖 𝕔𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕝𝕠𝕣𝕕 𝕠𝕗 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕠𝕣,𝕊𝕚𝕣 𝔼𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕥. 𝔹𝕦𝕥 𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕔𝕙𝕦𝕡 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙 𝕝𝕒𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕣𝕪 𝕨𝕠𝕣𝕜 𝕕𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕟𝕚𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕤.
🐹𝔸𝕗𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕗𝕖𝕨 𝕕𝕒𝕪𝕤 𝕤𝕙𝕖’𝕤 𝕤𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕓𝕓𝕪 𝕥𝕠 𝕤𝕖𝕣𝕧𝕖 𝕒𝕤 𝕒 𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕤𝕖𝕞𝕒𝕚𝕕 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝔸𝕓𝕓𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝔼𝕝𝕗𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕒.
👠𝔹𝕖𝕔𝕒𝕦𝕤𝕖 𝕠𝕗 𝕙𝕖𝕣 𝕀’𝕝𝕝 𝕗𝕒𝕥𝕖,𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕙𝕒𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕘𝕠 𝕓𝕒𝕔𝕜 𝕥𝕠 𝔸𝕧𝕚𝕔𝕖𝕗𝕠𝕣𝕕 𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕠𝕣,𝕨𝕙𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕤𝕙𝕖 𝕓𝕖𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕤 𝕒 𝕟𝕦𝕣𝕤𝕖𝕞𝕒𝕚𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝔼𝕝𝕝𝕒,𝔼𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕥’𝕤 𝕕𝕒𝕦𝕘𝕙𝕥𝕖𝕣.
👗 𝕋𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕚𝕤 𝕗𝕦𝕝𝕝 𝕠𝕗 𝕕𝕖𝕤𝕔𝕣𝕚𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤.𝔻𝕖𝕤𝕔𝕣𝕚𝕡𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕔𝕠𝕞𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕒𝕔𝕥𝕦𝕒𝕝 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕪.
🐭ℂ𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕒 𝕚𝕤 𝕞𝕪 𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕤𝕥 𝕗𝕒𝕧𝕠𝕦𝕣𝕚𝕥𝕖 𝕡𝕣𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕤𝕤 𝕓𝕦𝕥 𝕀 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕣𝕖𝕥𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕘𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕀 𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕝𝕝𝕪 𝕨𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕕 𝕥𝕠 𝕝𝕠𝕧𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜.
🐶𝕀 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕜 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕓𝕠𝕠𝕜 𝕚𝕤 𝕟𝕠𝕥 𝕗𝕠𝕣 𝕞𝕖! ( )
  priya_ | Mar 26, 2020 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
I received this ARC from William Morrow on LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

"Being strong does not disqualify you from being beautiful."
Wow this book is amazing!

The Writing

For a debut, this is absolutely astounding! This is one of the most well written books I have ever read! As an example, here's a bunch of quotes I particularly loved:

"Compelling fiction often obscures the humble truth."
I wonder sometimes if the thoughts that flock my nightmares are abandoned memories coming home to roost.
I no longer believe that people are born without virtue. It gets beaten out. Misfortune threshes our souls as a flail threshes wheat, and the lightest parts of ourselves are scattered to the wind.
I was a mouse trapped in a corner, looking for a crack to flee through but dispairing of finding one.
"Imagine what ideas are locked up in the hearts and minds of women who simply lack the tools to express them."
I was a candle that had never known a flame, and now that the flame was lit, I softened and glowed in a way I had not known was possible.
Our fascination with feminine beauty is elemental. It is said that men wish to possess the princess and women wish to be the princess, but I believe that is only part of the truth. We are drawn to extraordinary beauty mindlessly and purposelessly; we flutter on dusty moth wings toward the effulgence with no understanding of why we do it. Perhaps when we see a woman with the aspect of an angel, our souls are tricked into following her, mistaking her for a guide to paradise.
The opposite, of course, is also true.
The stories we tell ourselves have great power.
Because misfortune does not wait idly by until we are prepared for it.
"Rich only matters if he marries you," I said grimly. "Handsome matters not at all."
"You speak of love? Love is a sickness that causes men and women to do stupid things, the sorts of things that leave them sad and broken when the fever passes."
Whew, that's a long list. Well, that's because THIS BOOK IS AMAZING and everyone needs to read it. All the characters were so real and multi-dimensional. The world (though a bit difficult to place the time period at first) was really great, and I loved how religion was mixed in without being preachy.

My only gripe was the fact that it's a Cinderella retelling, and only because I feel like that dragged down the potential of the story. It became predictable (because who doesn't know Cinderella's story?) and I found myself tiring of those parts of the story. The prologue, for instance, was not really necessary and only served to give reason for the journal entries scattered about. Which opening line would you rather have? This:

Suppers at the royal court have become entirely too oppressive.
Or this:

I hardly remember my own mother.
I think you'll all agree with me that the latter is far superior and engaging.

I absolutely loved the theme of motherhood in this. It was so well done and, though I am not a mother, I'm an aunt and my love and adoration for my nephew pales in comparison to Agnes' love for her daughters. And the themes of beauty and love were equally well done.

The Characters

Agnes: She was such an interesting and relatable protagonist. She's so complex and flawed, and she grows so much while staying fundamentally the same.

Fernan: I really found him to be a complex person, especially as Agnes realizes and learns more about him. I was so conflicted as to whether I loved him or hated him, but I never felt indifferent towards him.

Charlotte and Matilda: As someone who has a ton of sisters, they totally got the sister-dynamic down. They also really reminded me (even in appearance, strangely enough--Danielle Teller, have you been watching me??) of my oldest sisters, so reading about them was a huge, super sweet, cavity enducing treat.

Ella: She was really interesting too, and really humanized.

Emont: Man, I feel somewhat similar him as I do Fernan, but honestly, I pity him more anything. He's a pretty pitiful person.

Lady Alba: She gave me some serious Jane Eyre vibes. This whole book gave me Jane Eyre vibes, man.

Conclusion

I love this book so much. It might have even topped 1984 for my favorite book this month and possibly all time. It is amazingly well written, and I went through the whole gamut of emotions reading this. I shed some tears, I laughed and chuckled and giggled like a fool. I love this book and everyone really needs to read it.

Danielle Teller, I applaud you on your fabulous debut. You done good. ( )
  Faith_Murri | Dec 9, 2019 |
This updated adult version of the Cinderella story is told by Agnes, the stepmother. It is really her story, beginning when she is a child and ending when she is fifty. Her stepdaughter Ella, the most beautiful woman in the realm, is a princess by this time and the mother of three. One of Agnes' sorrows is that her own daughters are unmarriageable due to the pox scars that mar their faces and although they love Ella's children, will ever know the joys of motherhood. Agnes keeps no secrets and admits to errors she made as a mother and stepmother, including being hard on Ella. Their lives were so different with Agnes knowing hunger, hard work and depravation while Ella was spoiled and cherished from the day she was born. Despite their differences they remain a family and Ella, now in a position to provide comfort and security to her stepmother and sisters, happily does. ( )
  clue | Oct 31, 2019 |
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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."

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