Astonish Me:ePub edition Maggie Shipstead
Astonish Me:A novel Maggie Shipstead
Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the background. She will never possess Arslan, and she will never be a prima ballerina. She will rise no higher than the corps, one dancer among many.After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan plots to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles in California with him and their son, Harry. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn’t finished with her yet, for there is no mistaking that Harry is a prodigy. Through Harry, Joan is pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind - back into dangerous secrets, and back, inevitably, to Arslan.Combining a sweeping, operatic plot with subtly observed characters, Maggie Shipstead gives us a novel of stunning intensity and deft psychological nuance. Gripping, dramatic, and brilliantly conjured, Astonish Me confirms Shipstead’s range and ability and raises provocative questions about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfillment, and how we square the yearning for comfort with the demands of art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Lowman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003816de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dance. That was their instruction. But fate tripped them up, and they fell in love. Under the fluorescent sun of 80s Hollywood, aging ballerina Peridot Peri Jones and her new partner, young Mark Maroulis, Jr., ignite a chemistry onstage that brings a dying ballet company back to life. Although wary of their age difference, they begin a highly charged love affair offstage. They keep the romance a secret because artistic director Mr. D considers Peri to be his. When Mr. D discovers their relationship, he wrenches Mark and Peri far apart. Will they be able to dance themselves back together? Lyrical and poignant, the story unfolds through the structure of a classical ballet grand pas de deux . It delves into themes of toxic masculinity, the sacrifices that art exacts from its practitioners, and the challenges of an inverse May/December relationship. The Pas de Deux combines the classical ballet setting of Billy Elliot and Astonish Me (Maggie Shipstead) with the upside-down romance of On the Island (Tracey Garvis-Graves). It draws parallels among three genocides of the 20 th century-Armenia, AIDS, and the Holocaust-and a suggestion rooted in dance practices to address intolerance. Start reading TODAY the book readers call a powerful saga, a really really good read which will leave you twisted up inside, and a kind and gentle book which immediately forces you to care deeply for the characters. Author Interview What draws you to this genre? Romance embodies the Hegelian dialectic, which is a super fancy way of saying the genre presents two contradictory worldviews (the hero and heroines) and then unifies them. This is why some of my favorite novels (from Pride and Prejudice to A Knight in Shining Armor ) are romances. What was the hardest part of writing this book? Accurately portraying the 80s. While the decade isnt that far away, it took a lot of research to ensure everything from clothing to a Guns N Roses show that occurs at a climactic moment was period appropriate. Why do you write? Fiction offers access to another persons headspace, which can broaden our understanding of what makes somebody tick. I consider dance to be my genre, and that allows me enormous leeway in tone, content, and style in all my books.