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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 Painted
Girls and The Day the Falls Stood Still.
Published January 2013, The Painted Girls has
garnered rave reviews and been showered with special
attention-everything from selection as a People
Magazine pick to designation as a book "People Are
Talking About" by Vogue to inclusion
in Entertainment Weekly's Must List. Also an
IndieNext pick, The Painted Girls debuted on the
New York Times bestsellers list and is a #1 national
bestseller in Canada. The Day the Falls Stood Still,
her debut novel, is a New York Times bestseller,
a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection, and an IndieNext pick.
She holds a BSc (Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University.
Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in
Visit her online at www.cathymariebuchanan.com.
Follow her on twitter @CathyMBuchanan.
Visit her on Facebook /CathyMarieBuchanan.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: December 14, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1443412341
ISBN - 13: 9781443412346