The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey audiobook

The Cranes Dance

By Meg Howrey
Read by Justine Eyre

Blackstone Publishing 9780307949820
11.68 Hours Unabridged
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I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake tonight. So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company. Kate is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world, a world she can’t help satirizing even as she balances injury and self-doubt to maintain her place within it. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home to Michigan. Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she played in her sister’s collapse. As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters.

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Summary

Summary

I threw my neck out in the middle of Swan Lake tonight.

So begins the tale of Kate Crane, a soloist in a celebrated New York City ballet company. Kate is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world, a world she can’t help satirizing even as she balances injury and self-doubt to maintain her place within it. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home to Michigan.

Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she played in her sister’s collapse. As we follow her on an insider tour of rehearsals, performances, and partners onstage and off, she confronts the tangle of love, jealousy, pride, and obsession that are beginning to fracture her own sanity. Funny, dark, intimate, and unflinchingly honest, The Cranes Dance is a book that pulls back the curtains to reveal the private lives of dancers and explores the complicated bond between sisters.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Playful and smart, Meg Howrey’s fresh voice unveils an eye-opening tale about the secretive and obsessive world of ballet.” Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author
“Meg Howrey deftly raises the velvet curtain on life ‘backstage’ at a top New York City ballet company, revealing the backstabbing and the grit beneath the tutus and the glamour in this hilarious tale of sibling rivalry, youthful ambition and dreams lost and found. Witty, sharp, and exhilarating as the Black Swan’s solo or Vishneva’s fouettés.” Susan Fales-Hill, author of One Flight Up
“From The Red Shoes to Black Swan, Hollywood has provided unforgettable portrayals of the ballet world’s grisliness as well as its glamour. At last, The Cranes Dance brings this enchanting world alive in literature but with tremendous wit, flair, and psychological insight. With its universal themes of ambition and competition, sisterhood and sacrifice, it will appeal to bad dancers as well as balletomanes—an addictive, readable delight.”   Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution
“Engaging…Revelations about family, talent, and what makes us special create a thought-provoking and entertaining read.” Publishers Weekly
“Howrey’s taut character study offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional dance through the eyes of a complex, damaged, tenacious young dancer.” Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

by Holly 9/13/2017
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Very well written, not so well read

I read this book before I listened to it and thought it would be great on audio. Unfortunately, I was disappointed in the reader of this book. The narrator’s voice is super nasally and whiny and she just sounds bored.

However, if you listen to the sample and her voice doesn’t immediately start grating on you, I highly recommend this book. Since there’s a book description further on up the page, I won’t go into plot details. The story gets pretty dark, but the witty, conversational writing is quite engaging. The book is full of flawed characters, and watching them is like watching a train wreck. A dancing, drug-addicted train wreck. Normally I don’t like books about people that start screwing up their lives and just can’t seem to stop, but the writing style made this one very readable. It's a fascinating look inside the world of ballet dancers.

Author

Author Bio: Meg Howrey

Author Bio: Meg Howrey

Meg Howrey is a former dancer who performed with The Joffrey Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, and City Ballet of Los Angeles. She is the author of three novels and the coauthor of the bestselling novels City of Dark Magic and City of Lost Dreams, published under the pen name Magnus Flyte. Her non-fiction has appeared in Vogue and the Los Angeles Review of Books

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Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.68
Audience: Adult
Language: English