Book club time! This month is The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Here’s a quick synopsis of the book in case you want to hear about it:
1878 Paris. Following their father’s sudden death, the van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous ballet.
Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modeling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.
This is the sculpture of Marie, created by Edgar Degas that the book describes:
Debbora, our book club hostess, did an amazing themed
luncheon for us — starting with art to set the scene….
A bit of the bubbly and garlic mussels for appetizers….
A delicious pear and sugared pecan salad….
Crusty french bread with butter….
And a delicious quiche! Oh La LA!
And not one, but TWO desserts — macaroons
And strawberry crepes.
“La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel1.”
(Life is a flower of which love is the honey.)