Stephan Lee
May 11, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Cranes Dance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Meg Howrey
publisher
Vintage
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

At first glance, there are plenty of parallels between the film Black Swan and Howrey’s novel, in which New York City ballerina Kate Crane is the well-adjusted white swan to her more talented yet disturbed sister, Gwen. When Gwen suffers a breakdown, Kate finally gets to play the lead — only to fall victim to guilt, insecurity, and Vicodin. Unlike Black Swan, however, this story has its pointe shoes firmly planted in reality. Authentic behind-the-curtain details (Howrey is a former dancer) do occasionally overpower the plot. But The Cranes Dance is an addictive, absorbing take on competition and sisterhood. B+

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