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Friday, September 28, 2012

The Cranes Dance

The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey was super well-reviewed in several publications last month so I added it to my queue.  It was a whirlwind.

Kate Crane is a soloist with a prominent ballet company in New York City.  Her younger sister, Gwen, a principal with the company, is on leave after a psychotic break which no one knows about except Kate.  She was the one who called their father to come rescue Gwen.  As Kate comes to grips with her sister's breakdown, her guilt, her own breakup, an injury, and an existential crisis, she finds herself moving in and out of madness--or is it a Valium-induced craze?

This was a fascinating look into the mind of a dancer if it were safe to say that dancers' minds were all alike.  This was certainly a compelling story and the characters were fascinating, even Gwen, the character that we only knew through Kate's memories and experiences.  At times I felt empathy for Gwen and other times I found her to be a conniving, hateful bitch.  I loved that this book was told from Kate's perspective; nothing is more telling than the guilt of the one who has "survived".

This was a great weekend book.  I was so intrigued that it was genuinely hard to put down.  I whipped through it because it was such a magnetic read.

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