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Maggie Shipstead

Author of Great Circle

8+ Works 2,960 Members 181 Reviews 1 Favorited

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Works by Maggie Shipstead

Great Circle (2021) 1,321 copies
Seating Arrangements (2012) 912 copies
Astonish Me (2014) 632 copies
You Have a Friend in 10A (2022) 89 copies
Angel Lust (2013) 2 copies
Wielki krąg (2023) 2 copies
Zaskocz mnie 1 copy

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Birthdate
1983
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
California, USA

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Vicious satire at a preppy wedding in New England
 
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nanrobinson45 | 63 other reviews | Feb 17, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this story about professional ballet and the intricate relationships between principal dancers, their co-workers and their non-ballet friends and family. The story sets its focus on Joan, a dancer in the corps with no hope for advancement, and her unlikely relationship with a Russian star who defects from Russia to dance in New York. Over decades we learn what happens to Joan, her family, and the Russian dancer.

Had I not recently watched a few seasons of reality TV that showed the backstage of a professional ballet company I don't know that I would have really appreciated this story. Knowing what I know about how difficult the life of a ballet dancer is added a great deal of depth to the story for me. I also did some quick googling to determine that the defector and the mysterious Mr. K seem to be representations of Baryshnikov and Balanchine.

The story tended to be dark but I found it all quite enjoyable.
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hmonkeyreads | 44 other reviews | Jan 25, 2024 |
Ah, weddings! So complicated, so claustrophobic in this novel. I can't say I loved the story itself in the end, but Shipstead is one talented writer. So well written. She really pulls it off. I'll be looking forward to her next book!
 
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