CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR: Olga Grushin is beloved by critics. Her debut, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, won her the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, earned her a spot on Granta’s Best Young American Novelists, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was called by The Washington Post “the work of a true artist.”
HER BIGGEST IDEA YET: Combining a propulsive plot and endless twists with spellbinding prose, The Charmed Wife is Grushin’s most compelling and readable novel yet and will significantly expand her fan base. We’re updating her packaging to a bigger format and more eye-catching cover design to hit that literary-commercial sweet spot.
POPULARITY OF TWISTED FAIRY TALES: There’s a clear market for revisionist, female-led fairy tales, as shown by the success of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, which defined the genre, Madeline Miller’s Circe (which has sold over 200,000 copies in hardcover alone), and Melissa Albert’s The Hazel Wood (over 100,000 copies across formats).
READING GROUP POTENTIAL: This novel tackles complex psychological dilemmas and powerful questions about love, desire, and expectation, making it a natural for reading groups. The main themes of marriage and divorce feel fresh and exciting when juxtaposed against familiar stories from childhood.
SOPHISTICATED APPROACH: The Charmed Wife is more than just a retelling. Rather, it weaves together contemporary issues with distorted fairy tales to create a world of literary fantasy that feels timely and relevant. Similar to Lisa Halliday’s Asymmetry, Grushin masterfully reinvents and rearranges reality in a way that is both comforting and unnerving.
“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
“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
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