Girl Through Glass

Girl Through Glass

eBook - 2016
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Long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A Buzzfeed Most Exciting Book of the Year

A The Millions Most Anticipated Book of the Year & Bestseller

Selected as a Skimm Read

A Refinery 29 Best Book of the Year

Chosen as a Rumpus Book Club Selection

Chosen as a Bustle Best Literary Debut Novel Written By Women in the Last 5 Years

An enthralling literary debut that tells the story of a young girl's coming of age in the cutthroat world of New York City ballet--a story of obsession and the quest for perfection, trust and betrayal, beauty and lost innocence.

In the roiling summer of 1977, eleven-year-old Mira is an aspiring ballerina in the romantic, highly competitive world of New York City ballet. Enduring the mess of her parent's divorce, she finds escape in dance--the rigorous hours of practice, the exquisite beauty, the precision of movement, the obsessive perfectionism. Ballet offers her control, power, and the promise of glory. It also introduces her to forty-seven-year-old Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane who becomes her mentor.

Over the course of three years, Mira is accepted into the prestigious School of American Ballet run by the legendary George Balanchine, and eventually becomes one of "Mr. B's girls"--a dancer of rare talent chosen for greatness. As she ascends higher in the ballet world, her relationship with Maurice intensifies, touching dark places within herself and sparking unexpected desires that will upend both their lives.

In the present day, Kate, a professor of dance at a Midwestern college, embarks on a risky affair with a student that threatens to obliterate her career and capsizes the new life she has painstakingly created for her reinvented self. When she receives a letter from a man she's long thought dead, Kate is hurled back into the dramas of a past she thought she had left behind.

Told in interweaving narratives that move between past and present, Girl Through Glass illuminates the costs of ambition, secrets, and the desire for beauty, and reveals how the sacrifices we make for an ideal can destroy--or save--us.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016
ISBN: 9780062326294
0062326295
Characteristics: 1 online resource (289 pages)

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athompson10 May 09, 2016

A sad tale about a girl who gets lost along the way in pursuit of a dance career, and seeks redemption and peace as an adult.

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jameshosking
Mar 01, 2016

As a former dancer, I enjoyed this book but found some of primary characters and situations contrived. I think it was adept at creating a sense of atmosphere but often worked too hard to wring drama (veering into melodrama) out of the scenes. I did enjoy it however and think other dance fans will as well.

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