Overlooked Books of 2012 Part II

The Master's Muse is a novel about New York City Ballet director George Balachine in the tradition of Loving Frank  and The Paris Wife.  Narrated by Balachine's fourth and last wife, Tanaquil Le Ciercq, a ballerina who contracted polio at age 27 and never walked again, the book closely follows events in the 20th century ballet world.  Their marriage is put to the test as Balachine begins to be inspired by younger, more talented dancers and Tanaquil battles to redefine her dreams in the wake of her illness.  Valery O'Conner has created a a portrait of a deeply complicated love set against a backdrop of intense artistic collaboration in this unforgettable novel.

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