The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie BuchananThe Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Painted Girls

byCathy Marie Buchanan

Mass Market Paperback | April 26, 2016

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Paris, 1878. Following her father’s sudden death, Marie van Goethem is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where for a scant wage she is trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra on the stage. Marie is soon modeling in the studio of renowned artist Edgar Degas, who will immortalize her image forever, while Antoinette must make the choice between a life of honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to a willing young woman—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.

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Title:The Painted GirlsFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1.2 inPublished:April 26, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443450421

ISBN - 13:9781443450423

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! Loved it! held my attention from beginning to end! You really feel as if you know these characters and I was sorry to see them go
Date published: 2015-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Painted Girls This beautifully written book takes us behind the scenes of a dance studio, the exhaustion and the pain of trying to get to the top of the dance profession. Simultaneously, we get a glimpse of the men who admire them and the times they live in
Date published: 2015-07-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls I found it difficult at times to detemine who was speaking. I enjoyed the description of the time period.
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls It was a fairly good period novel giving glimpses of life and hardships in France. Loved the strength and duty of sisters bonding to persevere.
Date published: 2014-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Painted Ladies I could not get into it.
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting... A good mix of fiction and historical context - a good read!
Date published: 2014-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A beautiful story Better finish story than the real life
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written The story of how these sisters struggle to keep their life together in the midst of so many things trying to tear them apart keeps you riveted. It also brings to light how difficult it was for girls of a lower class to get ahead and how easily they were exploited. An excellent story.
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls Very interesting story enjoyed emensly
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls An excellent depiction of Paris at time setting of the novel. The shunting between the characters became a bit annoying and amore streamlined narrative style could have achieved the same effect. The book makes one want to go back to review Degas's work and also revisit Paris. Overall a great story.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls. Excellent though ended a bit abruptly. Really liked it though.
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating The Painted Girls was a great read that led to more than one very late night of reading. Towards the middle of the book I was surprised that I still had so much left of the story, as it felt like it should have been wrapping up. But at the end, I was again taken by surprise because it felt like the story could have continued. Otherwise, it was an amazing read!
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girls Enjoyed the historical detail... Good read right to the finish.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Painted G One of those stories from which you return to the present only after a mental shake, its world is so engrossing. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2014-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Painted Girs Good story:-Rather sudden an weakending
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No fear for Painted Girls I embarked upon this book with some trepidation; I feared it would scar my affection for Degas' art but it did not. If anything, my appreciation grew. It is more about the girls than Degas himself but he is present too. Not only is the story good, the writer's craft makes it worthy of reading in itself. I wish I could read it for the first time again.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No fear for Painted Girls I enjoyed this book for the culture portrayed as well as the characters. The period lifestyle depicted seemed realistic & interesting.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No fear for Painted Girls As a past student of art history I was drawn to this book for the hope of providing a unique viewpoint from young, aspiring, low class women in the realm of 19th century Impressionism - a time known for it's modern innovations and optimistic idealism. While Degas's art pieces aimed to capture that fleeting moment in time that Impressionists were enthralled by, he was also a self-described "realist" focused on capturing the hardships that also lay beneath the facade of dance and the struggling working class. This is conveyed through the story as the Van Goethem sisters are swept into the worlds of art and dance facing exploitation in the hopes for a better life. While i enjoyed the read, I only rate it a 3-5. I can't quite explain my average rating other than perhaps it needed more substance for me to the characters' developments and-or the literary descriptions of the times.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No fear for Painted Girls Great to find another talented Canadian author. Well written, based on a true story set at a time of the early days of Impressionism art. An interesting clash between classes, men and women, right and wrong. Stays with you after the last page.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from No fear for Painted Girls Nicely written story of a poverty stricken family. The daughters are struggling to survive and their mother is of little help. It is heartbreaking to read how men take advantage their struggle.
Date published: 2014-01-27

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“Beautiful and haunting. From the first page, I was swept up and enchanted.”