Reviews for Painted Girls


AudioFile Reviews 2013 March
Cathy Marie Buchanan's harsh, realistic story, based on the lives of sisters Antoinette, Marie, and Charlotte van Goethem, is enhanced by the understated, unsentimental performances of Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, and Danny Campbell. The narrators transport listeners to the slums and back-alleys of Belle-poque Paris. Campbell reveals Antoinette's world-weary vision of the Parisian demimonde, the grueling struggle for survival, whether at the Paris Opéra, the washhouse, or the brothel. With vitality, innocence, and heartbreaking naïveté, Whelan voices Marie, a ballet "petit rat" and model for "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," by Edgar Degas. Danny Campbell offers a respite from the girls' travails, reading actual newspaper articles and quotations from the dominant philosophy of the day. Earthy, erotic, always truthful--this is must listening. S.J.H. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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Library Journal Express Reviews
Buchanan's intricate tale of three young sisters trying to make their way through the pitfalls around them is sympathetically narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Julia Whelan, and Danny Campbell. They bring proud, argumentative Antoinette; intelligent yet insecure Marie; and childish Charlotte to life and enlist the listener's sympathy immediately. With so much against them in the underbelly of 1878 Paris--alcoholism, prostitution, even murder--the girls are almost sure to be lost. Can they survive? Even flourish? Marie is immortalized by the artist Edgar Degas, and the paintings and sculpture that are described in the story are on view on the author's website (www.cathymariebuchanan.com/art). While a URL is given in the oral introduction, it would be helpful if it were spelled out on the packaging. Verdict This audiobook is an essential purchase for all libraries. [The Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA) hc was a New York Times best seller.--Ed.]--Juleigh Muirhead Clark, Colonial Williamsburg Fdn. Lib., VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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