National Post Praises The Painted Girls

“The reader is completely absorbed in the struggle of Marie to rise above her circumstances. It has been said that the great engine of fiction is desire, the terrible urgent want of characters for what they do not have. This is vividly clear in the case of the van Goethem sisters, and that want makes for a strong, suspenseful narrative. . . . Cathy Marie Buchanan is a worthy follower of Zola in conveying with merciless particularity the tawdriness of a social milieu, including the exalted world of the ballet.”

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