The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | April 7, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Painted Girls is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

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 Girlsis 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.98 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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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls It took a while for me to get into the story but once I got past the first 100 pages I enjoyed it. I was interest in the connection with Degas and the model.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great historical fiction! This book was selected as one of our book club books. The title, unfortunately, made most members think that the book was going to be about prostitution! However, after cracking the spine, we found that the book is actually about a set of three sisters who are growing up in Paris in the 1800s in the ballet. The book flips between Antoinette (the oldest sister) and Marie (the middle sister) tell the story about their family's struggle to stay afloat, the social pressures of the time, and how easy it is to lose everything, and how hard it is to climb out again. Tying the book together is the painter, Degas, who is using Marie as a model for the famous sculpture, Little Dancer. The book is based on actual characters and historical fact, but Buchanan uses her literary imagination to fill in the gaps, and make a plausible story that will have you not wanting to put the book down. By far, my favourite character was Antoinette, as you could feel her struggle to maintain her own sense of self, yet keep her duty to look after her family. The story is rich in description with in-depth characters that will keep you thinking about them long after you have finished the story. Even better, the book is Canadian! Be sure to look up Degas' art while you read the story! I highly recommend this historical fiction.
Date published: 2014-05-08

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The Painted Girls

by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.98 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

From the Publisher

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 Girlsis 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''sThe Painted Girlsis a #1 National Bestseller in Canada, aNew York Timesbestseller, and has garnered rave reviews and been showered with special attention-everything from selection as aPeople Magazinepick to inclusion inEntertainment Weekly''s"Must List" to being named a best book of 2013 by NPR,Good Housekeepingand Goodreads. Her debut novel,The Day the Falls Stood Still, is aNew York Timesbestseller 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.

Connect with Cathy:

WEB: CATHYMARIEBUCHANAN.COM

TWITTER: @CATHYMBUCHANAN

FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK.COM/CATHYMARIEBUCHANAN

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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