WHITMAN COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT

“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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