The Alliance for the Arts’ monthly Member Gallery Book Club continues on Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30-8:30PM with a discussion of The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. The Alliance Member Book Club is a monthly exploration of art-related literature. It’s one of the many benefits of membership at the Alliance for the Arts.
The Painted Girls is a heartrending, gripping novel set in belle époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged 14 and by the era’s most famous criminal trials. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet and meet Edgar Degas. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds employment—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s Naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.”
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