Title: The Painted Girls: A Novel [First Canadian ...
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Collectible-Good+
Edition: First Canadian Edition
First Canadian Edition, First Printing. Spine cocked, chipping present. Good+ condition. Light to moderate shelfwear, clean pages. May have bumped edges/corners. Binding intact. (XX84). Bookseller Inventory # 100422532
Paris, 1878. Following their father?s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of émile Zola?s naturalist masterpiece L?Assommoir. Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged 14. Meanwhile, Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous émile Abadie, must choose between honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of ?civilized society.? In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation?her survival, even?lies with the other.
About the Author:
CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN is the author of The Day the Falls Stood Still, a New York Times bestseller, a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection and one of the Canada Reads Top 40 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade. She holds a B.Sc. (Honours, Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto.
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