Maggie Shipstead Astonish Me

ISBN 13: 9780007525379

Astonish Me

3.57 avg rating
( 13,576 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007525379: Astonish Me

From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.

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 shadows.

After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to make a new life for herself. She quits ballet, marries a good man, and settles into the rhythm of Californian life with 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. Inevitably Joan is soon pulled back into a world she thought she’d left behind and back to Arslan.

Gripping and dramatic, Astonish Me is a story about the nature of talent, the choices we must make in search of fulfilment, and how we can never truly escape from the secrets of the past.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

Pub Date: 2014-04-10 Pages: 368 Language: English Publisher: Harper Collins UK From the award-winning. bestselling author of Seating Arrangements. comes a novel of astonishing beauty Joan Joyce is a professional ballet dancer who has always believed that she is destined for a life in the shadows. When her love affair with Russian supremo Arslan Rusakov ended. she ran back into the arms of childhood sweetheart. Jacob Bintz. Now pregnant. Joan is fated to leave New York. the corps and the cries of .. Astonish Me behind Under the hazy Californian sun. Joan is unaware of the fascination she invites from others She lacks the abundant sexuality of neighbour. Sandy;. the cocksure nature of Sandys husband and the intellect and dependable nature of Jacob To her mind. all she can offer is ballet. To occupy her days. she opens a small dance studio. Her son Harry demonstrates a natural ...

Review:

‘Beautifully written, a top-class novel set in a fascinating world’ Louisa Young, Observer

‘Brims with emotion … an accomplished novel embracing both domestic drama and the competitive quest for perfection’ Sunday Times

‘So graceful, so dazzling, so sure-handed and fearless, that at times I had to remind myself to breathe’ Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

‘I will be paying close attention to Shipstead’s career from here on in’ Jeffrey Eugenides

‘A bravura display of high-performance art, the only constant its quest for perfection’ Catherine Taylor, Guardian

‘Very well-written, and cleverly constructed with some elegant pirouettes of its own in the story’s twists and turns’ Daily Mail

‘Passionate, gripping and wise about the human heart. One of those wonderful books that leave you bereft yet completely satisfied’ Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met

‘Shipstead is shaping up as a master storyteller’ Financial Times

‘Brilliantly written; the first ballet novel for grown-ups’ The Times

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Shipstead, Maggie
Published by Blue Door (2014)
ISBN 10: 0007525370 ISBN 13: 9780007525379
Used Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Better World Books Ltd
(Dunfermline, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Blue Door, 2014. Book Condition: Very Good. N/A. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79327493

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
0.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.98
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Shipstead, Maggie
ISBN 10: 0007525370 ISBN 13: 9780007525379
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
WorldofBooks
(Goring-By-Sea, WS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR006760978

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
3
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Maggie Shipstead.
Published by Harper Collins UK
ISBN 10: 0007525370 ISBN 13: 9780007525379
Used Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Free Shipping Books
(Toledo, OH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins UK. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2749292119

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
160.89
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds