28 DoBR: Wicked – Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory MacGuire

This is another first of a trilogy book collection I will recommend today. I have only read this book of the three, but have had plans to buy and read the other two for some time now. I bought this more for my husband, who also enjoyed it, but eventually, I found myself curious after he told me how interesting it was. On many levels, this book interested me, the storytelling and how it pulled on my heartstrings. It was more adult than I was expecting when going in, my husband hadn’t mentioned anything about the details of how truly adult it could be, but if you can push past all of that it’s a very good story.

I found it to be very realistic with the way this world is created. For example, it covers politics and family dynamics set in the Emerald City. I know it was shipped as a companion or a book-version of the Broadway show Wicked, but I’ve never seen that so I cannot compare the two.


This is the book that started it all! The basis for the smash hit Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Gregory Maguire’s breathtaking New York Times bestseller Wicked views the land of Oz, its inhabitants, its Wizard, and the Emerald City, through a darker and greener (not rosier) lens. Brilliantly inventive, Wicked offers us a radical new evaluation of one of the most feared and hated characters in all of literature: the much maligned Wicked Witch of the West who, as Maguire tells us, wasn’t nearly as Wicked as we imagined.