Astonish Me: A novel

Astonish Me: A novel

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From the author of the widely acclaimed debut novel Seating Arrangements, winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction: a gorgeously 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… (more)

Editorial reviews (14 reviews)


There is so much drama and heartfelt emotion in the story and I loved every page of it.

A nondancer, Shipstead has admirably absorbed ballet’s vocabulary of steps, and certain settings and classic bits of choreography are precisely and credibly described.

This is a bravura display of high-performance art, the only constant its quest for perfection.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Vintage (April 08, 2014)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 2.1 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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