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    "Genre-bending and darkly comic, Grushin's fourth novel is a weird and wonderful triumph." (O, the Oprah Magazine)

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    Cinderella wants her Prince Charming dead in this sophisticated fairy tale for the 21st century. 

    Cinderella married the man of her dreams - the perfect ending she deserved after diligently following all the fairy-tale rules. Yet now, 13 and a half years later, things have gone badly wrong and her life is far from perfect. One night, fed up and exhausted, she sneaks out of the palace to get help from the Witch who, for a price, offers love potions to disgruntled housewives. But as the old hag flings the last ingredients into the cauldron, Cinderella doesn't ask for a love spell to win back her Prince Charming. Instead, she wants him dead. 

    Endlessly surprising, wildly inventive, and decidedly modern, The Charmed Wife weaves together time and place, fantasy and reality, to conjure a world unlike any other. Nothing in it is quite what it seems - the twists and turns of its magical, dark, and swiftly shifting paths take us deep into the heart of what makes us unique, of romance and marriage, and of the very nature of storytelling. 

    ©2021 Olga Grushin (P)2021 Penguin Audio


    "The comedy is devastating in this autopsy of a marriage that dies of 'happily ever after' syndrome. Seldom has such emotional realism been spied in the precincts of wild magic. This alumna of the Cinderella marriage is overwhelmed, over-enchanted, and so over it. Fall under its charms, I dare you." (Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked)

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    • 26/01/2021


    This is not an escapist fairytale. And not humorous. It is an allegory for a deeply troubled woman. When a girl grows up and realizes that the fairytale marriage and kids she was promised is not all it's cracked up to be. So if you don't want to go there, pick something else. When will a generation of women happen that doesn't have to fall into this trap? When will this kind of story be a quaint revisiting of a forgotten past?

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    • 13/02/2021

    Utterly Charming

    I loved this take on a Cinderella story. At times I was absolutely devastated, and then hopeful. I love the way Ms. Grushin wove in different fairytales and fairytale elements into the overall narrative.

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    • 28/01/2021

    Absolute perfection

    The story was hard to get through at times but the wonderful voice-acting made this beautifully sad tale a true wonder.