“Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years” by Gregory Maguire

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“Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Fairy Tales

Release Date: November 1, 2011

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“Maguire’s work is melodic, symphonic, and beautiful; it is dejected and biting and brave. How great that people flock to these magical novels.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review

Bestselling author Gregory Maguire’s remarkable series, The Wicked Years, comes full circle with this, his fourth and final excursion across a darker, richer, more complex landscape of “the magical land of Oz.” Out of Oz brilliantly reimagines L. Frank Baum’s world over the rainbow as wracked with social unrest—placing Glinda the good witch under house arrest and having the cowardly Lion on the lam from the law as the Emerald City prepares to make war on Munchkinland. Even Dorothy makes a triumphant return in Maguire’s magnificent Oz finale—tying up every loose green end of the series he began with his classic Wicked, the basis for the smash hit Broadway musical.


Gregory Maguire received his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Tufts University and his B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany. He was a professor and co-director at the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature from 1979-1985. In 1987 he co-founded Children’s Literature New England. He still serves as co-director of CLNE, although that organization has announced its intention to close after its 2006 Institute.
The bestselling author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked, Son of a Witch, and A Lion Among Men. Wicked, now a beloved classic is the basis for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad.
He has three adopted children and is married to painter Andy Newman. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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2 thoughts on ““Out of Oz: The Final Volume in the Wicked Years” by Gregory Maguire

  1. I read Wicked and Son of a Witch. Maguire’s writing is very dry and leans toward dark, but I found the books captivating. Everything that happens in Oz is parallel to our own historical triumphs and failures, politically and socially. I thought I’d read the 3rd book, too, but can’t recall anything about it off the top of my head.

    Went to see “Wicked” at the Keller Auditorium in Portland when Kristin Chenowith was still playing the role of Glinda – If you never see another Broadway musical, please go see Wicked ASAP! It was spectacular and the banter between Glinda and Elphaba was hilarious!

    *Going to add this to my TBR!* 😀

    • I read book 1 and saw one of the touring companies before I left Michigan. Which I’m SO glad I did! The only way I’ll see a large-scale stage production in this desert is if I star in it! LMAO!

      Elphaba is absolutely golden! 😉

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