Format:
Book
Author:
Title:
Publisher, Date:
New York : Riverhead Books, 2013.
Description:
357 p. ; 24 cm.
Summary:
In belle époque Paris, the Van Goethem sisters struggle for survival after the sudden death of their father, a situation that prompts young Marie's ballet training and her introduction to a genius painter.
Subjects:
Genre:
LCCN:
2012038433
ISBN:
9781594486241
1594486247
Other Number:
801926752
System Availability:
7
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
7
Control Number:
979190
Call Number:
813/.6
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
7
# System items in:
7
Find It
Map It
Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Marie van Goethem (Female), Ballerina, Antoinette's younger sister; greiving the recent sudden death of her father; her mother is an alcoholic; fears her family will be evicted soon; goes to the Paris opera where she throws her self into ballet; finds her image immoralized in a painting; meets a wealthy patron of the ballet
Antoinette van Goethem (Female), Actress, Maria's older sister; greiving the recent sudden death of her father; her mother is an alcoholic; finds work as an extra in a theatrical production; must choose between honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to young women in Paris
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Love story
Topics
Grief
Loss
Death of a parent
Sisters
Ballet dancers
Life choices
Survival
Art
Sculptors
Setting
Paris, France - Europe
France - Europe
Time Period
1878 -- 19th century
Large Cover Image
Trade Reviews

  Library Journal Review

Buchanan's intricate tale of three young sisters trying to make their way through the pitfalls around them is sympathetically narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, and Danny Campbell. They bring proud, argumentative Antoinette; intelligent yet insecure Marie; and childish Charlotte to life and enlist the listener's sympathy immediately. With so much against them in the underbelly of 1878 Paris-alcoholism, prostitution, even murder-the girls are almost sure to be lost. Can they survive? Even flourish? Marie is immortalized by the artist Edgar Degas, and the paintings and sculpture that are described in the story are on view on the author's website (www.cathymariebuchanan.com/art). While a URL is given in the oral introduction, it would be helpful if it were spelled out on the packaging. Verdict This audiobook is an essential purchase for all libraries. [The Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA) hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

The struggle of three sisters in 19th-century Paris blossoms into the rich history of Marie van Goethem, model for Edgar Degas's controversial statue, Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen, in Buchanan's new novel (after The Day the Falls Stood Still). When their father dies, teen sisters Antoinette, Marie, and Charlotte are left to fend for themselves, since their mother's meager wages often dissolve into absinthe. Knowing their best chance for advancement lies in the ballet, Antoinette, an extra at the Opera, get her sisters auditions. Both are accepted as "petit rats," but to everyone's surprise, bookish Marie actually shows talent for dance, and pays for food and private lessons by modeling for the mysterious Edgar Degas. Meanwhile, Antoinette, who has been guardian to her sisters, begins a love affair with Emile Abadie, a young man of questionable character. As Marie's modeling for Degas leads to the interest of a patron of the ballet, Emile is arrested for the murder of a local tavern owner, driving a wedge between the devoted sisters. Though history loses track of Emile Abadie, implicated in three murders, and Marie Van Goethem after Degas's statuette is criticized as "ugly" with the "promise of every vice" on the girl's face, Buchanan captures their story in this engrossing depiction of belle epoque Paris. Agent: Dorian Karchmar, WME Entertainment. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle Époque Paris. 1878 Paris. 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 as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola's naturalist masterpiece L'Assommoir . Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged Fourteen . There she meets a wealthy male patron of the ballet, but might the assistance he offers come with strings attached? Meanwhile Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous Émile Abadie, must choose between honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde.nbsp; 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, if not survival, lies with the other.
Librarian's View
Book
2013

Add to My List