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Crystal

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Cranes Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Howrey
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Kate is struggling to keep her place in a very demanding world, a world she can’t help satirizing even as she balances injury and self-doubt to maintain her place within it. At every turn she is haunted by her close relationship with her younger sister, Gwen, a fellow company dancer whose career quickly surpassed Kate’s but who has recently suffered a breakdown and returned home to Michigan. Alone for the first time in her life, Kate is anxious and full of guilt about the role she played in her sister’s collapse.

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    Engaging slice of life drama about Kate, a New York company ballet soloist dealing with a neck injury, the lack of her ever-present sister, and the guilt that maybe her sister's predicament is partly her fault.

    The book starts you out in present day, but the story dips into flashbacks as Kate experiences something that triggers a memory. As the book goes along, my hunger to know the whole story grows with each tantalizing bit of information. At the end, I was so engaged with the characters that I wanted more. It does end rather swiftly, but not in a bad way. I feel like it mimicked Kate's sudden jerk out of her downward spiral pretty well, though I did wish for more details on the aftermath.

    If you don't like slice of life books, following around one person during their day to day lives and privy to everything going on inside of their head, then you probably wouldn't like this book. I found the dip into a ballet dancer's life interesting, but it is a repetitive and constant backdrop in the story for those who aren't interested in the subject. It also deals with the same day to day air the topic of dependence on pharmaceutical drugs and mental illness.

    The narrator was a fantastic for this book! She matched Kate's sardonic speech perfectly, with bored sounding overtones switching to passionate outbursts in perfect sync with the character.

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