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Mass Market Paperback, International Edition
Buchanan’s exquisite historical novel details the lives of would-be ballerinas Antoinette, Marie, and Charlotte van Goethem. Responsible for fending for themselves after the death of their father and the absinthe-soaked decline of their mother, the van Goethem sisters struggle to eke out an existence while subsidizing their ambitions at the harshly competitive school of the Paris Opéra. When Marie is selected by Edgar Degas to pose for his future masterpiece, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,and Antoinette snags a bit part in the stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s L’Assommoir, the extra income enables them to avoid, for a while, the tragic pitfalls of life on the lower slopes of Montmartre. To make things even more interesting, Buchannan links the sisters’ stories with that of convicted criminals Emile Abadie and Michel Knobloch, the subjects of Degas’ Criminal Physiognomies. By intertwining the narrative threads of these drawn-from-history characters, she paints a realistically robust portrait of working-class life in late nineteenth-century Paris. Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Tracy Chevalier, Susan Vreeland, and Melanie Benjamin. --Margaret Flanagan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
''The Painted Girls is historical fiction at its finest, awash in period details of the Paris of Degas and Zola while remaining, at its heart, the poignant story of three sisters struggling to stay together even as they find themselves pulled toward different, and often misunderstood, dreams. Cathy Marie Buchanan also explores the uneasy relationship between artist and muse with both compassion and soul-searing honesty.'' --Melanie Benjamin, author of Alice I Have Been
''Part mystery, part love story, The Painted Girlsbreathes heart and soul into a fascinating era of the City of Lights. One can't help but be drawn in by this compelling and lyrical tale of sister love and rivalry.'' --Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
''Beautiful and haunting. From the first page, I was swept up and enchanted.'' --Amy Greene, author of Bloodroot
''Will hold you enthralled as it spools out the vivid story of young sisters in late 19th century Paris struggling to transcend their lives of poverty through the magic of dance. I guarantee, you will never look at Edgar Degas's immortal sculpture of the Little Dancer in quite the same way again.'' --Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
Fantastic writing. Mesmerizing story. Emotionally gripping. You will love it.Published 16 days ago by Jacqueline D. Martin
Not one page of this book was boring or poorly written. A refreshingly good read with vibrant characters and descriptions that immerse one in the world of the ballet and art.Published 1 month ago by Shauna Lee-Carmichael
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I opened this book and was transformed into Paris 1880's. Read more
I will listen to almost anything while driving in my car, and, hence, I am still listening to this boring and poorly written story, or should I say poorly read? I can't tell. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Orvis
Nice historical novel about the behind scenes of the ballet in Paris.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Foote
The characters are one dimensional and I could not empathize with any. The secondary characters came off as parodies of French stereotypes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lisa Rabey
I did enjoy the book, but think i did because i read another one on Degas called " I will always love you", so knew a bit more about his art. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mrs. G