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Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Biographical,
Book Description:A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle Ă‰poque Paris. 1878 Paris. Following their fatherâ€™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 OpĂ©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 Ă‰mile Zolaâ€™s naturalist masterpiece Lâ€™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 Ă‰mile Abadie, must choose between honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde.Â 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 â€ścivilized society.â€ť In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation, if not survival, lies with the other.
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