The Next Queen of Heaven

The Next Queen of Heaven

A Novel

Book - 2010
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In a limited-edition book now widely available for the first time, the eccentric town of Thebes is growing stranger as Christmas approaches, with Leontine Scales speaking in toungues, a Yuletide pageant that goes awry, a choir director caught between lust and ambition, a battle between the Catholics and the Radical Radiants and more. Original. 100,000 first printing.


“A delight….[A] funny and warmhearted exploration of the sacred and the profane.”
Washington Post

“Reading The Next Queen of Heaven is like hanging on to the back of an out-of-control carnival ride—terrifying, thrilling, a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.”

—Ann Patchett


New York Times bestseller Gregory Maguire—who re-imagined the land of Oz and all its fabled inhabitants in his monumental series, The Wicked Years—brings us The Next Queen of Heaven, a wildly farcical and gloriously imaginative tall tale of faith, Catholic dogma, lust, and questionable miracles on the eve of Y2K. The very bizarre and hilarious goings on in the eccentric town of Thebes make for a delightfully mad reading experience—as The Next Queen of Heaven shows off the acclaimed author of Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Mirror Mirror in a brilliant new heavenly light.

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It is Christmastime and the eccentric town of Thebes is growing stranger, with Leontine Scales speaking in toungues, a Yuletide pageant that goes awry, a choir director caught between lust and ambition, and a battle brewing between the Catholics and the Radical Radiants.
"As the new millennium approaches, the eccentric town of Thebes grows even stranger. Clocked by a Catholic statuette, Mrs. Leontina Scales begins speaking in tongues. Her daughter, Tabitha Scales, and her sons scheme to save their mother or surrender her to Jesus--whatever comes first. Meanwhile, choir director Jeremy Carr, caught between lust and ambition, fumbles his way toward Y2K. Only a modern master like Gregory Maguire can spin a tale this frantic, funny, and farcical. The ancient Sisters of the Sorrowful Mysteries join with a gay singing group. The Radical Radiants battle the Catholics. A Christmas pageant goes horribly awry. And a child is born. THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN is Maguire's most imaginative story yet"--

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2010, c2009
Edition: 1st Harper pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780061997792
Branch Call Number: FIC MAG
Characteristics: 347 p. ;,21 cm.


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Jul 23, 2015

I loved this book !!

I was looking to finish "Wicked" but all copies were out, so I picked up this book as a "consolation" price. So glad I did. I was hooked.

The whimsical cynicism, and the poetic, almost perfect foil, that wraps the two main characters together is almost too rich.

I love the writing style and it's refreshing to read the character development of strangers that, by the end of the novel, seem as familiar as Maguire's loveable and misunderstood revisited characters.

FindingJane Oct 14, 2014

“The Next Queen of Heaven” is a wicked romp of a book, featuring as it does a wildly askew group of characters duking out their various roles in life and jostling each other for center stage. Just when you think you’ve pinned down the central character of this novel (is it the addled Leontina Scales, her rebellious daughter Tabitha, her effete son Kirk, a cloister of superannuated nuns or the dying Sean, et al.?), the focus shifts to bring another person under its microscope. Nuns, priests, hooligans, trailer trash, gossips, sluts, homosexuals, virgins and lunatics form a vigorous stew that brims with humor, expected and unexpected tragedy, religious pedantry and pageantry.

Mr. Maguire is a daredevil of an author, a man who doesn’t limit himself when it comes to topics and genres. You can’t help but wonder what he’s going to try next.

Nov 23, 2010

I made it to page 64 before I put this book down for good. Maybe that was too early to abandon it, but the only reason I made it that far was that I was stuck on a bus on my commute home and had nothing better to do with my time. I just couldn't get into this book and didn't care at all for the characters. I was really looking forward to reading this, as I'm a fan of the author, and am experiencing a bit of guilt at this abandonment, but I just can't fathom reading through the next +250 pages.

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