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The Cranes Dance

COMPETITIVE MOVES In the same vein as ''Black Swan,'' ''Cranes Dance'' centers on a ballerina and her sister's fight for the limelight

COMPETITIVE MOVES In the same vein as ''Black Swan,'' ''Cranes Dance'' centers on a ballerina and her sister's fight for the limelight

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The Cranes Dance

Genre: Fiction; Author: Meg Howrey; Publisher: Vintage

At first glance, there are plenty of parallels between the film Black Swan and Howrey’s novel, in which New York City ballerina Kate Crane is the well-adjusted white swan to her more talented yet disturbed sister, Gwen. When Gwen suffers a breakdown, Kate finally gets to play the lead — only to fall victim to guilt, insecurity, and Vicodin. Unlike Black Swan, however, this story has its pointe shoes firmly planted in reality. Authentic behind-the-curtain details (Howrey is a former dancer) do occasionally overpower the plot. But The Cranes Dance is an addictive, absorbing take on competition and sisterhood. B+

Originally posted May 11 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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