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The painted girls
Cathy Marie Buchanan
Adult Fiction BUCHANA

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From Publishers' Weekly:

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.

From Library Journal:

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.

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main characters Marie van Goethem
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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.
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Antoinette van Goethem
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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.
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