The painted girls a novel

by Buchanan, Cathy Marie,

Format: Book on MP3 Disc 2013
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Summary
Paris, 1878. Struggling to survive, fourteen-year-old Marie throws herself into dance at the Paris Opera, but the competition is too fierce. Her sister, seventeen-year-old Antoinette, finds herself in the arms of a young man who may be a murderer. In the end, each must come to realize that her individual salvation, and survival, lies with the other.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "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 Opera. 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 Emile 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.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The struggle of three sisters in 19th-century Paris blossoms into the rich history of Marie van Goethem, model for Edgar Degas's controversial statue, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, in Buchanan's new novel (after The Day the Falls Stood Still). When their father dies, teen sisters Antoinette, Marie, and Charlotte are left to fend for themselves, since their mother's meager wages often dissolve into absinthe. Knowing their best chance for advancement lies in the ballet, Antoinette, an extra at the Opera, get her sisters auditions. Both are accepted as "petit rats," but to everyone's surprise, bookish Marie actually shows talent for dance, and pays for food and private lessons by modeling for the mysterious Edgar Degas. Meanwhile, Antoinette, who has been guardian to her sisters, begins a love affair with Emile Abadie, a young man of questionable character. As Marie's modeling for Degas leads to the interest of a patron of the ballet, Emile is arrested for the murder of a local tavern owner, driving a wedge between the devoted sisters. Though history loses track of Emile Abadie, implicated in three murders, and Marie Van Goethem after Degas's statuette is criticized as "ugly" with the "promise of every vice" on the girl's face, Buchanan captures their story in this engrossing depiction of belle epoque Paris. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, WME Entertainment. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sisters -- France -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Ballet dancers -- Fiction.
Artists' models -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- History -- 1870-1940 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [Ashland, Or.?] : Solon, OH :Blackstone Audio ;2013
Findaway World,
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Campbell, Cassandra, narrator.
Campbell, Danny (Narrator), narrator.
Whelan, Julia, 1984- narrator.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., publisher.
Findaway World, LLC, publisher.
Participants/Performers Read by Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, and Danny Campbell.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Title from Playaway label.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for playback.
Accompanying material may vary.
System Details Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Description 1 audio media player (12 hr., 30 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 1/4 x 2 in.
ISBN 9781470847616
1470847612
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