“Hiddensee”by Gregory Maguire

“Hiddensee” imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless?

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