By Maggie Shipstead
From the writer of the generally acclaimed debut novel "Seating Arrangements," winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize: a gorgeously written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the passionate, political international ballet and its magnetic carry over generations.
"Astonish Me" is the impossible to resist tale of Joan, a ballerina whose existence has been formed via her courting with the world-famous dancer Arslan Ruskov, whom she is helping disorder from the Soviet Union to the U.S.. whereas Arslan's occupation takes to the air in manhattan, Joan's slowly declines, finishing while she turns into pregnant and comes to a decision to marry her longtime admirer, a PhD scholar named Jacob. because the years move, Joan settles into her new existence in California, instructing dance and looking at her son, Harry, develop into a ballet prodigy himself. but if Harry's good fortune brings him into shut touch with Arslan, explosive secrets and techniques are published that shatter the fragile stability Joan has struck among her earlier and current.
In swish, inimitable prose, Shipstead attracts us into a unprecedented international, and the lives of her vibrant and tempestuous characters. jam-packed with intrigue, superb satire, and emotional nuance, "Astonish Me" is a superlative follow-up to Shipstead's incredible debut.
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