The Cranes Dance (2012) 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… 2012-05-15 Fiction Vintage
Book Review

The Cranes Dance (2012)

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
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 15, 2012; Writer: Meg Howrey; Genre: Fiction; 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 09, 2012 Published in issue #1207 May 18, 2012 Order article reprints