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The Brides of Maracoor

Par/By Gregory Maguire

#1 Another Day

 

[FR] Le premier tome d’une série de trois livres tirés de l’ouvrage emblématique Wicked Years de l’auteur Gregory Maguire, qui a vendu des millions d’exemplaires, met en scène la petite-fille d’Elphaba, Rain, à la peau verte.

 

[EN] The first in a three-book series spun off the iconic Wicked Years from multimillion-copy bestselling author Gregory Maguire, featuring Elphaba’s granddaughter, the green-skinned Rain.

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Il y a dix ans cette saison, Gregory Maguire concluait la série qu’il avait commencée avec Wicked en nous donnant le quatrième et dernier volume des Années Wicked, son élégiaque Out of Oz.

Mais “Out of Oz” n’est pas “parti pour de bon”. La nouvelle série de Maguire, Another Day, est arrivée, vingt-cinq ans après que Wicked ait fait irruption dans nos vies.

Dans le premier volume, The Brides of Maracoor, Rain, la petite-fille d’Elphaba, s’échoue sur une île étrangère. Comateuse après s’être écrasée dans la mer, Rain est recueillie par une communauté de femmes célibataires adeptes de pratiques dévotionnelles obscures.

Alors que le continent de Maracoor subit l’assaut d’une marine étrangère, le surveillant de l’île, un fonctionnaire, s’efforce de comprendre comment un étranger arrivant sur les côtes de Maracoor peut menacer la stabilité et le bien-être d’une nation entière. Est-ce un mythe ou de la magie à l’œuvre, pour le bien ou pour le mal ?

La trilogie Un autre jour suivra cette jeune fille à la peau verte depuis l’avant-poste de l’île jusqu’aux badlands inexplorés de Maracoor avant qu’elle n’apprenne comment, et ne soit prête, à retourner sur son balai, vers sa famille et son amant, vers Oz, qui, par sa beauté, sa souffrance, son mystère, son injustice et ses possibilités, ne nous rappelle que trop clairement le terrain trouble mais sacré de nos propres vies.

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Ten years ago this season, Gregory Maguire wrapped up the series he began with Wicked by giving us the fourth and final volume of the Wicked Years, his elegiac Out of Oz.

But “out of Oz” isn’t “gone for good.” Maguire’s new series, Another Day, is here, twenty-five years after Wicked first flew into our lives.

Volume one, The Brides of Maracoor, finds Elphaba’s granddaughter, Rain, washing ashore on a foreign island. Comatose from crashing into the sea, Rain is taken in by a community of single women committed to obscure devotional practices.

As the mainland of Maracoor sustains an assault by a foreign navy, the island’s civil-servant overseer struggles to understand how an alien arriving on the shores of Maracoor could threaten the stability and wellbeing of an entire nation. Is it myth or magic at work, for good or for ill?

The trilogy Another Day will follow this green-skinned girl from the island outpost into the unmapped badlands of Maracoor before she learns how, and becomes ready, to turn her broom homeward, back to her family and her lover, back to Oz, which—in its beauty, suffering, mystery, injustice, and possibility—reminds us all too clearly of the troubled yet sacred terrain of our own lives.

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Auteur.rice / Author

Gregory Maguire est l’auteur des best-sellers du New York Times : The Brides of Maracoor, The Oracle of Maracoor, A Wild Winter Swan, Hiddensee, After Alice, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror et Wicked Years, une série qui comprend Wicked – le classique bien-aimé qui est à l’origine de la comédie musicale du même nom, récompensée par un Tony Award -, Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men et Out of Oz. Il vit avec sa famille en Nouvelle-Angleterre.

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Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of The Brides of Maracoor; The Oracle of Maracoor; A Wild Winter Swan; HiddenseeAfter AliceConfessions of an Ugly StepsisterLostMirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked—the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name—Son of a WitchA Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. He lives with his family in New England.

Reviews

“A decade after she flew Out of Oz in Maguire’s Wicked series, Elphaba’s granddaughter crash-lands on an island inhabited by seven sacrificial virgins. The arrival of the green-skinned teen (and her talking goose) upends their enclave. An exquisitely crafted introduction to a new fantasy trilogy.” — People on The Brides of Maracoor

“Fans will look forward to reading more about the interaction of Oz, Rain and the strange society of Maracoor.” — Wall Street Journal on The Brides of Maracoor

“Wonderful attention to detail. . . . [Maguire] does excellent character work. . . . The larger world of Maracoor Abiding . . . has echoes of Greek mythology and looks to be fertile ground as a setting for more books. An expertly crafted introduction to a new series of magic and adventure.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Brides of Maracoor

The Brides of Maracoor once again shows Maguire’s rich, mesmerizing world building, full of small, frustrating human absurdities. . . . It also shows off his gift for crafting compelling characters. . . . It’s an intriguing, witty start to a fantastical proposed trilogy.” — Booklist

“With its rich character development and a healthy dash of Maguire’s humor, this latest Oz tale is as satisfying a read as the Wicked Years quartet.” — Buzzfeed on The Brides of Maracoor

“[A] complex, enticing fantasy. . . . Maguire cleverly teases out the characters’ motivation and desires, turning what at first appears to be a straightforward tale into a gripping page-turner. Fans will revel in this triumphant return to the world of Wicked.” — Publishers Weekly on The Brides of Maracoor

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