The Ballerinas

The Ballerinas

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Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School.

Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her prestigious soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg––taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career––and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away...and some secrets can't stay buried forever.

Moving between the trio's adolescent years and the present day, The Ballerinas explores the complexities of female friendship, the dark drive towards physical perfection in the name of artistic expression, the double-edged sword of ambition and passion, and the sublimated rage that so many women hold inside––all culminating in a twist you won't see coming, with magnetic characters you won't soon forget.

Title:The Ballerinas
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250274236
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    The Ballerinas Reviews

  • MarilynW

    The Ballerinas by Rachel Kapelke-DaleI love the cover of this book and it's one of the reasons that I wanted to read it. The fragile looking but athletic body, knowing what goes into working one's way...

  • Regina

    Imagine a ballerina tightly twirling with an unbound copy of a book pressed to her chest, with so much poise and promise, only to stumble and fling the loose pages all over the stage. She gathers most...

  • Paromjit

    Rachel Kapelke-Dale's novel allows the reader to immerse themselves in the world of ballet, warts and all, and see beyond the glossy perfection and beauty of this exquisite art form. It revolves aroun...

  • Lisa of Troy

    Lackluster first half and clunky second halfThe Ballerinas focuses on three women: Margaux, Lindsay, and Delphine, three dancers who have grown up together. After an extended absence, Delphine returns...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    This book is solid, character driven, well researched, realistic approach to the ballerinas’ disciplined, competitive, excruciating lifestyle! I was expecting to read a thriller after seeing the bl...

  • Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, St. Martin's Press, and Rachel Kapelke-Dale for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 12.7!** "When one lifts a ballerina, it is not her weight but her nature that cau...

  • Susan

    Etoile.I’ve been on a ballet tangent recently which led me to requesting The Ballerinas.Set at the fictional Paris Opera Ballet, the story follows three dancers from the age of thirteen. I was total...

  • karen

    IS ME!if you're reading reviews of this book because your interest has been piqued by the publisher's Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive hook, allow me to walk you through the valley of ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Ballerinas is about three dancers who are students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. The trio, Delphine, Lindsay, and Margaux, become best friends, who carry a secret together for a number of year...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    4.5 starsRequiring ultimate strength, endurance, precision and the willingness to literally give up your life, the life of a ballerina might to some look like a glorious adventure into the world of be...