Mirror Mirror: A Novel
Title: Mirror Mirror: A Novel
Author: Gregory Maguire
A retelling of “Snow White” set in Renaissance Italy draws a link between the original fairy tale and the Borgia family’s infamous practice of poisoning its enemies.
A lyrical work of stunning creative vision, Mirror Mirror is set in Renaissance Italy, where Gregory Maguire draws a connection between the poison apple in the original Snow White story and the Borgia family’s well-known appetite for poisoning its foes.
In Mirror Mirror Snow White is called Bianca de Nevada. She is born on a farm in Tuscany in 1495, and when she is seven, her father is ordered by the duplicitous Cesare Borgia to go on a quest to reclaim the relic of the original Tree of Knowledge, a branch bearing three living apples that are thousands of years old. Bianca is left in the care of her father’s farm staff and the beautiful — and madly vain — Lucrecia Borgia, Cesare’s sister. But Lucrecia becomes jealous of her lecherous brother’s interest in the growing child and plots a dire fate for Bianca in the woods below the farm. There Bianca finds herself in the home of seven dwarves — the creators of the magic mirror — who await the return of their brother, the eighth dwarf, long gone on a quest of his own.
In the evocative style of Maguire’s earlier novels, Mirror Mirror is a fresh, compelling take on a beloved classic tale.