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Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story Paperback – March 3, 2009
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This retelling of Cinderella follows the oft ignored character of the fairy godmother, who may or may not be a mentally ill New Yorker. Lil, as this godmother is known, is now living in New York City, broke and employed at a bookstore, years after being exiled from the kingdom of fairies for betraying her charge. Condemned to live as an old woman, her wings bound to her back as penance, Lil is overcome by longing for what she has lost, slipping in her recollections of her idyllic past into the harsh present. When she meets Veronica, a young woman perpetually dogged with man problems, Lil sees an opportunity to redeem herself. But as the narrative progresses, cracks in Lil's story (and psyche) emerge. Needless to say, readers expecting magical carriages and glass slippers will be surprised by the novel's morose tone, and though the surprise conclusion doesn't quite work, Turgeon's takes on nostalgia and regret are surprisingly clear-eyed given her narrator's unbalance. (Mar.)
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In a decidedly different take on Cinderella, Turgeon limns the travails of Lil, the fairy godmother chosen to ensure that, because she is fated to marry the prince, Cinderella gets to the ball. Lil, however, lets herself feel human emotions, falls in love with the prince, and goes to the ball in Cinderella’s place. The fairy elders banish her to the human world, where she lives, wings furled and bound behind her back, as an old woman working in a tiny Manhattan rare-book store. This take on the tale unfolds in alternating first-person accounts, one of Lil in the past, the other of Lil in the present, yearning to rejoin her sister and friends in the fairy world and finding a way to redeem herself when she meets Veronica, a vibrant young woman, and realizes that by finding a soul mate for Veronica, she could make up for that night so long ago. Lil is complex and appealing, and vivid imagery and lyrical writing give shape to a charmer with a very satisfying, enigmatic ending. --Sally Estes
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Top Customer Reviews
When I finished the novel, I was left pondering it for days afterwards.
This was, as I said, darker than I expected, but it was enjoyable and interesting and I'm glad I read it. The author skillfully jumps between Lil's life in Manhattan and her experiences in the fairy world, making both believable, and the ending packed a punch. Recommended.
Godmother Lil is supposed a the fairy godmother who was supposed to send Cinderella to the ball but instead fell in love with the prince. She gets sent to earth to pay for his indiscretions. She started working at the bookstore for George who co-incidentally needs a date for the ball he's going to attend. In walks Victoria and Lil sees her chance of redemption. Get George to take Victoria to the ball and maybe she will once again become a fairy.
I'm not going to spoil it by telling all the details but Godmother was a delight to read. Although it had a bitter sweet ending. It does get a little dark once you get to the end but that's what makes it for good reading. I'd definitely recommend this book to any book club.
However, for what it is, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story is a novel well-worth your time and interest. Brava, Carolyn Turgeon!
The story flowed beautifully for the first half of the book, but the second half twisted in upon itself several times, and I'm no longer sure what it was about. I thought this would be a straightforward fantasy sweetened with romance, but now I wonder if the entire story was nothing more than dementia punching holes in the soft brain of an old, tormented woman.
This is one of those books that leaves the interpretation up to the reader, and for some reason I'm leaning toward the darker path. Somehow this fantasy persuaded me to turn my back on the magic, which is the last thing I want to do. Was Lil a fallen fairy, or a mortal woman trapped by mental illness? Since this story is told in a first person narrative, I have no one's word but Lil's. It's like listening to my three-year-old insist that she didn't color on the bathroom door, but the evidence and logic are overwhelming (I still need to clean that door, *sigh*).
Lil's fall from grace happened on the night when Cinderella was supposed to meet her Prince at the ball, some 300 years in the past. The flashbacks become progressively more disturbing, until it reaches a conclusion that no little girl wants to contemplate. To balance these bitter memories, Lil latches onto Veronica, whose passionate, creative, larger-than-life personality makes her appealing to anyone who breathes. I didn't really see the match between vibrant Veronica and the lifeless George, and it's a pity that his character wasn't fleshed out more.
This was stranger, darker, and more confusing than I had anticipated, but there were flashes of beauty that almost seemed fay.