Okay, I must say, this book was just strange. Perhaps I am just not deep enough, or not in the right frame of mind. Gregory Maguire writes "twisted fairy tales", retellings of the famous fables that we all grew up with, and this was his take on "Snow White". But they aren't the innocent versions of the stories that we are used to. Instead of Dopey, Sleepy and Grumpy, there are Heartless, MuteMuteMute (who talks), and BlindEye, among others. I was longing for my sweet and bumbling dwarfs.
This retelling cast the infamous Lucrezia Borgia as the wicked and jealous stepmother...and it intrigued me in her story enough that I am going to pick up a biography about her life at the library. So if the purpose of reading is to expand the mind...the book succeeded...but for sheer entertainment value...I'd skip it and move to the Borgia biography. She sounds like the real character study.