The Painted Girls (2013) Like children at the dinner table, muses are usually relegated to being seen and not heard. The Painted Girls , based on real 19th-century Parisian… 2013-01-10 Fiction Historical Fiction Riverhead Hardcover
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The Painted Girls (2013)

THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchana
THE PAINTED GIRLS by Cathy Marie Buchana
EW's GRADE
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Details Release Date: Jan 10, 2013; Writer: Cathy Marie Buchanan; Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction; Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

Like children at the dinner table, muses are usually relegated to being seen and not heard. The Painted Girls, based on real 19th-century Parisian sisters, gives a vivid voice to two of them: Marie van Goethem, famously bronzed in Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, and her sister Antoinette, a player in the staging of Émile Zola's working-class masterpiece L'Assommoir. For them there's no glamour in dancing, modeling, and acting; it's merely a way to stay (barely) afloat in the slums of Montmartre. If it were Les Miz, they'd break into song. Instead, we get something much richer. A-

Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 Published in issue #1243-1244 Jan 25, 2013 Order article reprints