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Astonish Me - Maggie Shipstead
Astonish Me
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From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the passionate, political world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.Astonish Me is the irresistible... show more
From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the passionate, political world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a ballerina whose life has been shaped by her relationship with the world-famous dancer Arslan Ruskov, whom she helps defect from the Soviet Union to the United States. While Arslan's career takes off in New York, Joan's slowly declines, ending when she becomes pregnant and decides to marry her longtime admirer, a PhD student named Jacob. As the years pass, Joan settles into her new life in California, teaching dance and watching her son, Harry, become a ballet prodigy himself. But when Harry's success brings him into close contact with Arslan, explosive secrets are revealed that shatter the delicate balance Joan has struck between her past and present.In graceful, inimitable prose, Shipstead draws us into an extraordinary world, and the lives of her vivid and tempestuous characters. Filled with intrigue, brilliant satire, and emotional nuance, Astonish Me is a superlative follow-up to Shipstead's superb debut.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307962904 (0307962903)
ASIN: 307962903
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
3.0 Book 77/100: Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
I mainly read this book because, for some reason, I am drawn to stories about ballet dancers. There are lots of ballet details in the book to satisfy that curiosity of mine, and I really liked that it focused on a member of the "corps" rather than a star performer. Still, I wish the book would have ...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it
3.0 Astonish Me
This is Shipstead's second novel, and to date it has not gotten quite the acclaim or recognition of her first. Astonish Me takes place largely in the 1970s–90s, with some bouncing back and forth. The main character, Joan, has spent her entire life working toward being a top ballerina. And she almo...
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it
4.0 Astonish Me
I really loved Maggie Shipstead's "Seating Arrangements"and thought that novel was a fresh and often crazy look into a family during the wedding weekend of the oldest daughter."Astonish Me" is about professional ballet which I have to say besides thinking it looks very pretty and often breathtaking ...
janetfurnee
janetfurnee rated it
3.0 Astonish Me
A little bit of The Turning Point mixed in with a delicious karmic ending ,this book somehow kept me engaged even though I knew nothing about ballet. The characters are all fascinating and the writing smooth. I am usually only into thrillers and science fiction, so kudos to the author. I really enj...
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story
Steeped in Science, Submersed in Story rated it
5.0 Astonish Me
I got this through the goodreads giveaway program.In all honesty, this might be a 4-star read, but I personally appreciated it so deeply that it's a 5-star for me. A novel about ballet and dancing and dancers that's by someone who actually knows something about dancing. Not just throwing a few fre...
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