Astonish Me (Paperback)
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The New York Times bestselling author of Great Circle

'Brilliantly written; the first ballet novel for grown-ups' THE TIMES

'A bravura display of high-performance art' GUARDIAN

'Brims with emotion ... an accomplished novel embracing both domestic drama and the competitive quest for perfection' SUNDAY TIMES

Astonish Me is the irresistible story of Joan, a young American dancer who helps a Soviet ballet star, the great Arslan Rusakov, defect in 1975. A flash of fame and a passionate love affair follow, but Joan knows that, onstage and off, she is destined to remain in the shadows.

After her relationship with Arslan sours, Joan decides to quit ballet and make a new life for herself. But as the years pass, Joan comes to understand that ballet isn't finished with her yet...

From the prize-winning author of Seating Arrangements comes an exquisitely written, fiercely compelling glimpse into the demanding world of professional ballet and its magnetic hold over two generations.

'Cleverly constructed with some elegant pirouettes of its own' DAILY MAIL

'A gripping mix of family drama and insight into the world of ballet' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Shipstead is a gifted writer who examines families and relationships in a poignant, insightful way' STYLIST

'A dazzling story rooted in the competitive world of dance' WOMAN & HOME

'So graceful, so dazzling, so sure-handed and fearless, that at times I had to remind myself to breathe' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

'I will be paying close attention to Shipstead's career from here on in' Jeffrey Eugenides

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007525409
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Beautifully written, a top-class novel set in a fascinating world' Louisa Young, Observer

'Brims with emotion ... an accomplished novel embracing both domestic drama and the competitive quest for perfection' Sunday Times

'So graceful, so dazzling, so sure-handed and fearless, that at times I had to remind myself to breathe' Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette

'I will be paying close attention to Shipstead's career from here on in' Jeffrey Eugenides

'A bravura display of high-performance art, the only constant its quest for perfection' Catherine Taylor, Guardian

'Very well-written, and cleverly constructed with some elegant pirouettes of its own in the story's twists and turns' Daily Mail

'Passionate, gripping and wise about the human heart. One of those wonderful books that leave you bereft yet completely satisfied' Lucie Whitehouse, author of Before We Met

'Shipstead is shaping up as a master storyteller' Financial Times

'Brilliantly written; the first ballet novel for grown-ups' The Times

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“Not Quite Astonishing ”

Astonish Me is Shipstead's second novel, set in the world of ballet, it opens in 1977, in New York with Joan a dancer who has become pregnant. She is still in love with her ex-partner, a Russian dancer but is... More

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“Astonish me”

Any adult who spent a childhood learning ballet, loving the art but battling an unyielding body will love this book. The heartache is almost too much to bear. I always pass on my books to others but not this one. I... More

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“Not for me”

I was given a free copy of this book to review and knew absolutely nothing about it before it arrived in the post. It is definitely not the sort of book I would choose. If I picked it up in the library or a bookshop,... More

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