Astonish me / Maggie Shipstead.

Nā: Shipstead, Maggie [author.].
Whakaahuatanga: 356 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780007525379 (pbk.); 0007525370 (pbk.); 9780307962904 (Knopf : hbk.).Ngā marau: Ballet -- Fiction | Ballet dancers -- Fiction | Defectors -- Soviet Union -- FictionDDC classification: 813.6 Action note: General fiction.Summary: A 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 shadows. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with 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. Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she'd left behind and back to Arslan.
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Joan Joyce is a professional ballet dancer who has always believed that she is destined for a life in the shadows. When her love affair with Russian supremo Arslan Rusakov ended, she ran back into the arms of childhood sweetheart, Jacob Bintz. Now pregnant, Joan is fated to leave New York. Under the hazy Californian sun, Joan is unaware of the fascination she invites from others. She lacks the sexuality of neighbour, Sandy; the cocksure nature of Sandy's husband and the intellect and dependable nature of Jacob. To her mind, all she can offer is ballet. To occupy her days, she opens a small dance studio. Her son Harry demonstrates a natural aptitude alongside Sandy's daughter, Chloe. Theirs is a talent that will take them to the top, to a summer school in New York and to a world of emotions and relationships that Joan felt sure she had left behind.

A 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 shadows. After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with 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. Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she'd left behind and back to Arslan.

General fiction.

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Library Journal Review

Joan, a serious young dancer, falls in love with the great Soviet ballet star Arslan Rusakov and helps him defect to the United States. Their affair doesn't last long, for she is only a good dancer, not a great one, thus not a worthy partner for Arslan. She leaves New York, marries her childhood sweetheart, and chooses a different life. As a teacher she finds contentment in nourishing young dancers and later sends two young people one her son into Arslan's brutal dance-centered world. Shipstead brings listeners into this world with skill. The book's structure suggests a series of dances, inevitably moving toward climax but drifting back, not quite ready to bring the dance to an end, always leaving space for the next one. Rebecca Lowman's voice is soft yet somehow cold, using pacing, rather than tonal changes, to differentiate characters, with varying degrees of success. VERDICT Recommended, especially for dancers and those who love them. ["Shipstead moves her story back and forth in time with the same seamless precision found in the details of a beautiful ballet, capturing the brutality of the training, the impossible perfection on stage, and the messy fallout that erupts when personal and professional lines blur," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 2/1/14.] Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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21/10/2014

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