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Astonish Me : A novel, (electronic resource :)

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Astonish Me : A novel
Title
Astonish Me
Title remainder
A novel
Statement of responsibility
by Maggie Shipstead
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Language
eng
Summary
From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations. Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn’t finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind—back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan. Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead’s range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. From the Hardcover edition
Summary
Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend's career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10298062
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MnSpTMCL
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Intended audience
General adult
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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Target audience
adult
Label
Astonish Me : A novel, (electronic resource :)
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http://ebook.3m.com/library/ald-document_id-d71uvg9
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9780307962911
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unknown
Extent
272 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780307962911
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
d71uvg9
Label
Astonish Me : A novel, (electronic resource :)
Link
http://ebook.3m.com/library/ald-document_id-d71uvg9
Publication
Control code
9780307962911
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
272 p.
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780307962911
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
d71uvg9

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