- Paperback: 373 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st edition (May 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307949826
- ISBN-13: 978-0307949820
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cranes Dance Paperback – May 15, 2012
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About the Author
Meg Howrey was a professional dancer and actress. She currently lives in Los Angeles.
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And then I come across this, on page 169, as said character muses on what to do with her and her sister's old ballet clothes: 'It's not like I can donate this stuff. What isn't nasty is full of holes, and what needy person wants a leotard? But you never know. There might be a starving one-legged blind peasant child in China who needs some leg warmers. Or one leg warmer, I guess'.
A bit too callow, isn't it? I of course don't need a character to be 'nice' and enjoy bitchiness and wry humor as much as the next person, but this is a bit too much. I'm not sure I want to read 300+ pages of a privileged brat's navel-gazing comments and cattiness. If you're interested in the world of ballet, Maggie Shipstead's 'Amaze Me' might be a better choice.