The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey (ePUB)
I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake last night.
So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York
City ballet company who is struggling to keep her place in a very
demanding world. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship
with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career
quickly surpassed Kate's, but who has recently suffered a breakdown and
Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is
anxious and full of guilt about the role she may have played in her
sister's collapse. As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals,
performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of
love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her
own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters.
The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. by Carole DeSanti (eAudio)
Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman's struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire(1860–1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.
Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists' ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos. Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next ten years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and
find her way to a life that she can call her own.
The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.