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A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle andEacute;poque Paris.

1878 Paris. Following their fatherandrsquo;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 Opandeacute;ra, 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 andEacute;mile Zolaandrsquo;s naturalist masterpiece Landrsquo;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 andEacute;mile Abadie, must choose between honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde.and#160;

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 andldquo;civilized society.andrdquo; In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation, if not survival, lies with the other.

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"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 Opéra, 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 Émile Abadie, a young man of questionable character. As Marie's modeling for Degas leads to the interest of a patron of the ballet, Émile is arrested for the murder of a local tavern owner, driving a wedge between the devoted sisters. Though history loses track of Émile 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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camilles success is overshadowed by her lovers rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodins Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the eras greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

About the Author

Cathy Marie Buchanan is the author of the national bestseller The Day the Falls Stood Still, a Barnes and Noble Recommends selection and an Indie Next pick. She lives in Toronto.

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Dieveney, May 31, 2013 (view all comments by Dieveney)
A fictional story of the van Goethem sisters who were the real girls behind Degas iconic paintings of weary ballerinas and his sculpture of the Little Dancer. Dark, chilling, and hopeless like the lives of the poor in Paris at the end of the 19th century this book is absolutely engrossing and heart wrenching. The author does a brilliant job of creating fully developed characters to which you become quickly attached and places them in situations that keep you entranced and flipping the pages. Absolutely fascinating!
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The Book Goddess, March 12, 2013 (view all comments by The Book Goddess)
Best book I have read in a long time. The reason I was drawn to the book was because of the connection to Degas and his paintings. I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the girl who was made famous as the little ballerina. What I got was so much more than that...the book painted a vivid picture of what it was like to live in Paris in the late 1800's, the daily struggles to survive, the responsibilities that fell to mere children and provided an honest reflection on the Paris ballet. The book is also written extremely well, which is so important. This book easily could've been dry and flat but this book just came alive. I honestly had trouble putting it down and just couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out how these girls' lives would turn out. This should definitely be on a must-read list for this year!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594486241
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Buchanan, Cathy Marie
Author:
Webb, Heather
Author:
Oliveira, Robin
Publisher:
Riverhead Trade
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20140204
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
readers guide online
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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 Opéra, 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 Émile Abadie, a young man of questionable character. As Marie's modeling for Degas leads to the interest of a patron of the ballet, Émile is arrested for the murder of a local tavern owner, driving a wedge between the devoted sisters. Though history loses track of Émile 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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A mesmerizing tale of art and passion in Belle Époque France

As a woman, aspiring sculptor Camille Claudel has plenty of critics, especially her ultra-traditional mother. But when Auguste Rodin makes Camille his apprentice—and his muse—their passion inspires groundbreaking works. Yet, Camilles success is overshadowed by her lovers rising star, and her obsessions cross the line into madness.

Rodins Lover brings to life the volatile love affair between one of the eras greatest artists and a woman entwined in a tragic dilemma she cannot escape.

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