CATHY MARIE BUCHANAN’s The Painted Girls is a #1 National Bestseller in Canada, a New York Times bestseller, and has garnered rave reviews and been showered with special attention—everything from selection as a People Magazine pick to inclusion in Entertainment Weekly’s Must List to being named a best book of 2013 by NPR, Good Housekeeping and Goodreads. Her debut novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still, is a New York Times bestseller and a Barnes & Noble Recommends selection. She holds a BSc (Honours Biochemistry) and an MBA from Western University. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she now resides in Toronto.
The Painted Girls is a heart-rending novel set in belle époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged 14 and a notorious criminal trial of the era. After 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 seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet and meet Edgar Degas. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s Naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir.
“Deeply moving and inventive.” — People
“Degas’s Little Dancer Aged Fourteen comes to life in this richly imagined novel.” — Entertainment Weekly
“Hard to put down, destined to be hotly debated book-club fodder across the country.” — The Globe and Mail
“You’ll be swept up in this emotional tale of strength and survival.” — Chatelaine