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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

In Paris during the 1880s there aren’t many choices for poor young girls wanting to bring income to their families.  Most hope for a place in the ballet.  The ballet is an opportunity for even the poorest girls to excel and catch the eye of wealthy patrons who will lavish gifts upon them and give them a life of luxury.  Marie is a promising dancer.  She is dedicated and kind and pushes herself to bring money to the family taking a morning job as a baker’s assistant and modeling for Monsieur Degas a few afternoons a week.  Her world starts to come apart when her older sister falls for a man Marie feels is no good for her and Marie starts to question what fate has in store.

This historical novel is alternately told by two sisters: Marie, the aspiring dancer, and Antoinette, her older sister who failed as a ballerina but does what she can to bring money to her family.  This novel is a great glimpse into the time, the ballet and the lives of those barely scraping by day to day.


If you have ever looked at the bronze statue Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen by Degas and wondered about her – this is her story.

By | 2017-05-08T19:49:04+00:00 January 3rd, 2013|SCLSNJ Recommended Reads|
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