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The Painted Girls: A Novel


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A heartrending, gripping novel about two sisters in Belle Époque Paris and the young woman forever immortalized as muse
for Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

1878 Paris. Following their father’s sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages,
and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their
lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where for a scant seventeen
francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a
stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir.

Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be
immortalized as Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. There she meets a wealthy male patron of the ballet, but might the
assistance he offers come with strings attached? Meanwhile Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous Émile
Abadie, must choose between honest labor and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian
demimonde.

Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable
sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.” In the end, each will come to
realize that her salvation, if not survival, lies with the other.

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