The Painted Girls  


The Painted Girls
Harper Perennial | April 15, 2014 | 416 pages
ISBN: 9781443412353

#1 National Bestseller in Canada and New York Times bestseller. Paris, 1878. 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 Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet.