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Schabas, Martha

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Synopsis: "Martha Schabas is clearly a natural with long-form fiction. . . .The sign of a truly good novel is one where your personal interest in whatever topic or milieu (in this case, The Royal Toronto Ballet Academy) doesn't matter. It is a good story told in an original way, and if it were about monster trucks, another thing I'm less than enthused about, I would still be intrigued because Schabas writes so well. . . . Schabas is a writer in full control of her craft." --National Post

     Shy and introverted, and trapped between the hyper-sexualized world of her teenaged friends and her dysfunctional family, Georgia is only at ease when she's dancing. Fortunately, she's an unusually talented and promising dancer. When she is accepted into the notoriously exclusive Royal Ballet Academy--Canada's preeminent dance school--Georgia thinks she has made the perfect escape. In ballet, she finds the exhilarating control and power she lacks elsewhere in her life: physical, emotional and, increasingly, sexual.
     This dynamic is nowhere more obvious than in Georgia's relationship with Artistic Director Roderick Allen. As Roderick singles her out as a star and subjects her to increasingly vicious training, Georgia obsesses about becoming his perfect student, disciplined and sexless. But a disturbing incident with a stranger on the subway, coupled with her dawning recognition of the truth of her parents' unhappy marriage, causes her to radically reassess her ideas about physical boundaries--a reassessment that threatens both Roderick's future at the academy and Georgia's ambitions as a ballerina.

About the Author: MARTHA SCHABAS was born in Toronto. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from McGill University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the David Higham Literary Award. Her articles, book reviews, and short fiction have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Broken Pencil and Maisonneuve. She is currently completing an M.A. in English Literature at Queen's University. This is her first novel.

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