"The ethereal ballerina from Degas's famed sculpture "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen "comes to life in this richly imagined novel. Amid the glamour of tutus and art emerges a surprisingly gritty story of survival in the gutters of Belle Epoque Paris."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"In "The Painted Girls," a historically based work of fiction rich with naturalistic details of late-19th-century Paris, Cathy Marie Buchanan paints the girls who spring from the page as vibrantly as a dancer's leap across a stage. . . . A compelling story of yearning for love in the face of ugliness and brutality. Wheeling out of control, the two older girls descend from their pretty pirouettes to misery, their mutual affection torn apart for a time. Nevertheless, Buchanan makes us feel they are good at heart. "The Painted Girls" is a captivating story of fate, tarnished ambition and the ultimate triumph of sister-love."--Susan Vreeland, "The Washington Post"
"In this compelling tale, we meet a fictionalized Marie Van Goethem (one of the young dancers who posed for Degas) and her sister, whose journeys out of the Paris slums evoke the light and the dark of the Belle Epoque."--"Good Housekeeping"
"Two impoverished sisters in Belle Epoque Paris enter the world of the ballet (Degas) and theater (Zola) but also face temptations that can lure young women in the demimonde."--"USA Today"
"In "The Painted Girls," a carefully researched, deeply imagined historical novel...the Belle Epoque comes to vibrant, often aching life."--"Chicago Tribune"
"[Buchanan] treats her girl