The Cranes Dance

The Cranes Dance

Book - 2012
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Kate is conflicted after she is offered her sister Gwen's starring role in a ballet, especially since her jealously prevented her from seeing the signs of the mental breakdown that made Gwen lose the role.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Contemporaries, c2012
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307949820
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOWREY MEG
Characteristics: 373 p. ; 21 cm


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Jul 12, 2015

Kate narrates this story, often speaking directly to the readers. For people who like ballet, this book gives a nice overview of the day to day pressures in the life of a ballerina. The book follows Kate to multiple rehearsals and performances as the ballet company's season comes to a close. Kate interacts with ballet donors, younger ballet students, and her fellow company members. Kate also deals with a neck injury throughout the novel. The novel's overriding drama is Kate's relationship with her absent sister Gwen. Kate and Gwen have been supportive of each other, but don't always know how to understand each other. Kate's decision to ignore Gwen's issues had lasting repercussions, but as the book continues it becomes clear that Kate has been ignoring the same problems in her own life.

Nov 05, 2013

Couldn't put it down. If this novel were only a realistic account of the day-to-day life of a gifted ballet dancer at the top of her game, it would be fascinating enough, but the sister relationship - the things sisters do to each other in the name of love and loyalty – is the main story, and it’s rare to find a novel that deals with it this honestly. The tone might be snarky and profane, but there’s humanity underneath.

Jul 14, 2013

I enjoyed this look inside the rigours and angst of professional ballet dancers. Kate, the eldest sister has two siblings who are stars and she is very good, which for others would be good enough but it isn't for Kate. I don't consider myself a prude, but I did find the use of the "C"-word unneccesary and ugly. The writing style where the author addressed the reader directly was interesting and amusing, but was inconsistent and just sort of petered out.

Jul 12, 2013

This book was disappointing. The plot was thin, the character were unsympathetic, and the dance references were so predominant that I wished the book had ended much sooner.

Jul 01, 2012

This was a wonderful find. Initially I wasn't sure if I could get through it because the writer writers as though she is talking to us.....can be jarring. But that is a technique the character is using. Kate Crane looks at us as her invisible movie audience.
I loved this book because it examine Kate Cranes life as a soloist dancer from her POV and yet there was a lot of showing what was going on around her, as opposed to telling. Kate is dealing with guilt about her sister's nervous breakdown, life in the ballet company and taking a little too many Vicodin.
I sense there may be a sequel to this book.


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