By Maggie Shipstead
From the writer of the generally acclaimed debut novel "Seating Arrangements," winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the passionate, political global ballet and its magnetic carry over generations.
"Astonish Me" is the impossible to resist tale of Joan, a ballerina whose existence has been formed by way of her dating with the world-famous dancer Arslan Ruskov, whom she is helping illness from the Soviet Union to the U.S.. whereas Arslan's occupation takes to the air in long island, Joan's slowly declines, finishing while she turns into pregnant and comes to a decision to marry her longtime admirer, a PhD scholar named Jacob. because the years cross, Joan settles into her new lifestyles in California, instructing dance and staring at her son, Harry, turn into a ballet prodigy himself. but if Harry's good fortune brings him into shut touch with Arslan, explosive secrets and techniques are published that shatter the fragile stability Joan has struck among her previous and current.
In sleek, inimitable prose, Shipstead attracts us into a unprecedented international, and the lives of her shiny and tempestuous characters. packed with intrigue, significant satire, and emotional nuance, "Astonish Me" is a superlative follow-up to Shipstead's terrific debut.
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