Nocturne (Hardback)Alyssa Wees (author)
Drenched in the atmosphere of 1930s Chicago, Wees' haunting fantasy revolves around an ambitious ballerina and her mysterious patron who may not be all that he appears.
In this gorgeous and haunting fantasy set in 1930s Chicago, a talented ballerina finds herself torn between her dreams and her desires when she's pursued by a secretive patron who may be more than he seems.
Grace has always wanted to be a ballerina, ever since she first peered through the windows of the Near North Ballet company. The elegance of the dance seemed transcendent to an immigrant child of the working poor, and so, when she is orphaned, it is to the ballet that she flees.
Years later, Grace is on the verge of becoming the company's new prima ballerina - though she is beginning to realise that achieving her long-held dream may not be the triumph she once envisioned. Then Grace attracts the attention of the enigmatic Master La Rosa, and realises that the world may not be as small or constricted as she had come to fear.
But who is her mysterious patron, and what does he want from her? As Grace begins to unlock the Master's secrets, she discovers that there may be another way entirely to achieve the transcendence she has always sought.
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 348 g
Dimensions: 223 x 145 x 24 mm
'In Nocturne, Wees robes the classic story of Beauty and the Beast in lush prose and infinite splendor. A fever dream of a novel, surreal and intricate, and enchanting in every way.' - Ava Reid, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Wolf and the Woodsman
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Chicago, 1938. Grace Dragotta, a ballerina of the Near North Ballet, has been chosen for the lead role of the Firebird, a Russian ballet. However, her dream of becoming first ballerina is not what she thought it would... More
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I saw this book being likened to beauty and the beast and phantom of the opera, having read it, I can see these themes but Nocturne is... More
“Lyrical and Dark”
An adult fantasy (although I’d argue it’s more YA), this one took place in 1930s Chicago and centered around Grace Dragotta, a young ballerina who is elevated to prima ballerina as her best friend, Emilia, retires to... More
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