The Painted Girls

by Cathy M Buchanan

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 7, 2014 | Trade Paperback

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The #1 national bestseller, The Painted Girls is a gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas''s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and by the era''s most notorious criminal trials

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 Opéra, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work-and the love of a dangerous young man-as an extra in a stage adaptation of Emile 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 Fourteen. Antoinette, meanwhile, descends lower and lower in society and must make the choice between a life of honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde-that is, unless her perilous love derails her completely.

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."

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.15 × 2.09 × 0.39 in

Published: April 7, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144341235X

ISBN - 13: 9781443412353

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The Painted Girls

by Cathy M Buchanan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 3.15 × 2.09 × 0.39 in

Published: April 7, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 144341235X

ISBN - 13: 9781443412353

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The #1 national bestseller, The Painted Girls is a gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas''s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and by the era''s most notorious criminal trials

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 Opéra, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work-and the love of a dangerous young man-as an extra in a stage adaptation of Emile 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 Fourteen. Antoinette, meanwhile, descends lower and lower in society and must make the choice between a life of honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde-that is, unless her perilous love derails her completely.

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."

About the Author

Cathy Marie Buchanan's The Painted Girls is a #1 National Bestseller in Canada, a New York Times bestseller, and has garnered rave reviews and been showered with special attention-everything from selection as a People Magazine pick to inclusion in Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" to being named a best book of 2013 by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, is a New York Times bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection. She holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto with her husband and three sons.

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Editorial Reviews

#1 CANADIAN NATIONAL BESTSELLER NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NPR BEST BOOK OF 2013 GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF 2013 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD FINALIST PEOPLE MAGAZINE PICK ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY “MUST LIST” SELECTION INDIE NEXT PICK CHATELAINE BOOK CLUB PICK USA TODAY NEW & NOTEWORTHY SELECTION “Buchanan has created an entire world for Marie and her elder sister Antoinette, sketched in rich detail and teeming with suspense. . . . [a] cinematic read that is hard to put down, destined to be hotly debated book-club fodder across the country.” — The Globe and Mail "Deeply moving and inventive . . . Buchanan's evocative portrait of 19th-century Paris brings to life its sights, sounds, and smells, along with the ballet hall where dancers hunger for a place in the corps. . . . But nothing is more real or gripping than the emotions of Marie and her older sister Antoinette. . . . Their tale is ultimately a tribute to the beauty of sisterly love." — People “The ethereal ballerina from Degas’s famed sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen comes to life in this richly imagined novel. Amid the glamour of tutus and art emerges a surprisingly gritty story of survival in the gutters of Belle Epoque Paris.” — Entertainment Weekly “In The Painted Girls , a historically based work of fiction rich with naturalistic details of late-19th-century Paris, Cathy Marie Buchanan paints the girls who spring from the page as vibrantly as a dancer’s leap across a stage. . . . A compelling story of yearning fo
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