Way back in 1995 Gregory Maguire started something big with "Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West." Maguire has said that he hoped to tell a new story about a familiar villain. He succeeded. "Wicked" became a huge hit spawning a four book series and an award-winning musical. The latest book "Out of Oz: the final volume in the Wicked Years" is available this month. Now might be a good time to catch up with the series.
In "Wicked" readers learn about Elphaba Thropp and her fight against a tyrannical Wizard of Oz. The sequel "Son of a Witch" focuses on Liir who may be Elphaba's son. "A Lion Among Men" is story of the cowardly lion during a time of war between the Munchkins and the emperor of Emerald City. In "Out of Oz" Maguire concludes the series with the story of Elphaba's granddaughter. This book contains the political themes present in the whole series.
Fans of the Wicked Years series and those who are unfamiliar but curious can see Gregory Maguire at Headquarters on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m..