You are welcome to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa talk about The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan. It will take place on Wednesday, September 10th at 1:45pm. See how the author was inspired by a famous controversial bronze statue, created by a well known French artist.
It is Paris in the 1870′s and three sisters from the working class have always dreamed to be ballet dancers. Antoinette, who is the eldest, must make money to keep her sisters fed because their mother spends most of her time with a bottle. The middle sister, Marie, gets the opportunity to enter the ballet in the Paris Opera—but not without a little support from an older man. Meanwhile, Charlotte (the youngest and most ambitious), fights for attention to become a popular ballerina. Chapters rotate between three voices: Marie, Antoinette and headlines from Le Figaro. The novel is about societal views at the time, what the working class is willing to do to survive and how the bond between sisters is uncompromising.
You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!
If you have any questions about last month’s title, The Rosie Project, Melissa will be happy to answer them.
There are still one or two copies available to take out from the library, if you haven’t read it yet.
Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.
Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3
Cost for Non-members: $4