by Gregory Maguire
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's
classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her
arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become
so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?
Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never
look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk
and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the
comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic
violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who
will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly,
and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about
the nature of good and evil.
—John Updike, in The New Yorker
"Save a place on the shelf between Alice and The Hobbit—that spot is well deserved."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Musical Tie-in Edition
Having sold three-quarters of a million copies since its 1995 publication, now the novel is enjoying a second life as a big-budget Broadway musical directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. This special edition of the novel includes 16 pages of full-color photographs of the original Broadway production of the musical.