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The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
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Sep 06, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in September, 2012

I was fortunate to get an ARC of THE PAINTED GIRLS. It is a brilliantly written historical fiction set in Paris in the 1880's. A story about the lives of sisters trying to make their way through life under less than ideal circumstances. Do the girls have control over their destiny or is it fate that delegates their position in life? Intertwinning the tale of the sisters' lives and true facts from historical documents, paintings, ballets, plays, sculptures, murder trials and more this notion is explored. A true page turner! This book filled with sister love and rivalry had me hooked from beginning to end. A wonderful read! Due to hit the shelves January 10, 2013.
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Cathy Marie Buchanan
“It is about being born downtrodden and staying that way. Hard work makes no difference, he is saying. My lot, the lots of those around me, were cast the moment we were born into the gutter to parents who never managed to step outside the gutter themselves.”
Cathy Marie Buchanan, The Painted Girls


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message 2: by ACT (new) - rated it 5 stars

ACT I too enjoyed this book. Other readers found it lacking in suspense and pace, but I found the story to unfold naturally and beautifully as the three Van Goethem sisters navigated a life of poverty.


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