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Astonish me, Maggie Shipstead

Label
Astonish me
Title
Astonish me
Statement of responsibility
Maggie Shipstead
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, 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. Gripping and dramatic, Astonish Me is a story about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfilment, and how we can never truly escape from the secrets of the past
Summary
Helping a world-famous dancer to defect from the Soviet Union to the United States, ballerina Joan watches her friend's career soar while her own declines in the wake of her pregnancy and marriage, a situation that eventually exposes difficult secrets
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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10298062
Cataloging source
DLC
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Shipstead, Maggie
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Defectors
  • Ballet dancers
  • Ballet
Target audience
adult
Label
Astonish me, Maggie Shipstead
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052741513
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
356 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780007525379
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Label
Astonish me, Maggie Shipstead
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Control code
000052741513
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
356 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780007525379
Isbn Type
(paperback)

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