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The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin
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One of Oprah Daily‘s Best Beach Reads to Help You Escape

“This wildly inventive, thoroughly modern retelling of the story of Cinderella–and what happens after she marries Prince Charming and comes to feel he is not really so charming after all–is creepy in all the right ways. Genre-bending and darkly comic, Grushin’s fourth novel is a weird and wonderful triumph.” O, the Oprah Magazine 

“A comic riff on an ancient fairy tale.” –Los Angeles Times

The Charmed Wife is a modern take on the story of Cinderella, marriage, divorce and love that’s surprising, darkly comedic and enchanting.” –CNN

“The wickedly inventive story you’ve been waiting for.” –PopSugar

“This intriguing Cinderella retelling extrapolates on what happens after happily ever after….Readers who enjoy the fairytale retellings of Margaret Atwood, Ann Sexton, and Kate Bernheimer will love this unique spin on a classic tale.” BuzzFeed

“Grushin’s facility with language…is a marvel. It’s the kind of prose that demands you submerge yourself.” New York Journal of Books

“This pretty dark comedy is as inventive and creative as it gets.” Time Out

“A twisted and inventive version of the time-old tradition, perfect for modern audiences.” Locus Magazine

“This whimsical, elaborately plotted novel does for fairy tales what Bridgerton has done for Regency England.” The Daily Mail

“An absorbing study of marriage, divorce, self, and responsibility, threaded with numerous retold fairytales and rendered in prescient, gorgeous language. Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review) 

“[A] richly imagined, genre-bending retelling of, at its heart, a tale-as-old-as-time.” Booklist (starred review)

“A dizzying retelling of ‘Cinderella,’ one in which nothing is as it seems and fairy tale marriages do not end happily ever after…Clever.” Publishers Weekly

“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, overenchanted, and so over it. Fall under its charms, I dare you.” –Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

“With the publication of her first novel, Grushin instantly became one of my favorite writers. She touches the borders of myth and fairytale in everything she does, but never so explicitly as here, in this dark and dreamy retelling of Cinderella. Inside the plot, magic comes and goes. But inside the reader, it’s all magic, all of us happily caught in Grushin’s hypnotic spell.” –Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

“In The Charmed Wife, Olga Grushin turns the fairy-tale romance on its head, and then just keeps turning it, playfully, subversively, brilliantly: a feat of fierce imagination.” –Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions and Beautiful Ruins

The Charmed Wife is a thought-provoking, wickedly clever, and beautifully written fairy-tale character study that enchants at every turn. Olga Grushin dissects fairy tales, marriage, and the messy human heart with a pen as sharp as any scalpel.” –Melissa Bashardoust, author of Girl, Serpent, Thorn

“Lush and powerful, The Charmed Wife is brimful of magic and the seething darkness that lies beneath the glittering surface of every good fairy tale.” –Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart

One of:
O, the Oprah Magazine‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2021
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Time Out’s Best Books of January 
Frolic’s Top 10 Books of January 
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