First Love

First Love

Book - 2005
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Adam and Sandra are ballet dancers, friends since they were fifteen, and now lovers. Sandra is a dancer in the corps of the New York City Ballet who has just caught George Balanchine's eye. Adam is an explosively gifted new star who has defected to the rival company, the American Ballet Theatre. They are in love, passionate and ambitious, but ill-prepared to handle the demands, seductions, and expectations that are visited on them as they come within reach of their dreams.

The novel proceeds from a true premise: Since the beginning of his career, Balanchine sought to create an opulent ballet from the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, but never had the means and the muse come together at the same time. In First Love, Adrienne Sharp conjures in Sandra a last muse for the ailing ballet master. Balanchine promises to make Sleeping Beauty for her, and that it will be his final and greatest ballet. But Balanchine's favor comes at a price, and Sandra is forced to decide which of her loves comes first. Should she continue her tumultuous involvement with the first boy to capture her heart and succumb to his vision of their future? Or should she accept all that Balanchine offers-the fulfillment of a dream nurtured from childhood during endless hours at the barre?

A former ballet dancer herself, Adrienne Sharp's first book was the acclaimed short-story collection White Swan, Black Swan. Sharp's debut novel features the same marvelous storytelling as it revisits the vivid and rarefied world of dancers, and the sacrifices and hard bargains they make in pursuit of beauty, grace, and consummate passion.

Baker & Taylor
Ballet dancers Adam and Sandra find themselves ill-prepared for the demands of stardom, promised when an aging and ailing ballet master finds in Sandra a muse who may fulfill his dream of creating an opulent performance of "Sleeping Beauty."

Blackwell North Amer
Adam and Sandra are dancers, friends since they were fifteen, and now lovers. Sandra is in the corps of the New York City Ballet and has just caught the eye of George Balanchine. Adam is an explosively gifted new star who has defected to the rival company, American Ballet Theater. They are in love, passionate and ambitious, but ill prepared to handle the demands, seductions, and expectations that are visited on them as they come within reach of their dreams.
The novel picks up where ballet history has left off: Since the beginning of his career, Balanchine sought to create an opulent ballet from the fairy tale "The Sleeping Beauty," but never had the means and the muse come together at the same time. In First Love, Adrienne Sharp conjures in Sandra a last muse for the ailing ballet master. She has toiled invisibly in the corps for years, fearing that her moment to emerge as a principal dancer will pass unnoticed. Balanchine changes all that when he promises that he will make Sleeping Beauty for her, and that it will be his final and greatest ballet. But his favor comes at a price, and Sandra is forced to decide which of her loves come first. Should she continued her tumultuous involvement with the first boy to capture her heart, and succumb to his vision of their future? Or should she accept all that Balanchine offers - the fulfillment of a dream nurtured from childhood?

Baker
& Taylor

Friends and lovers from an early age, ballet dancers Adam and Sandra find themselves ill-prepared for the demands of attaining their hopes of stardom, promised when an aging and ailing ballet master finds in Sandra a muse who may fulfill his dream of creating an opulent performance of Sleeping Beauty. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York: Riverhead Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781573223102
1573223107
Branch Call Number: Fiction Sharp
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 24 cm

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booklady1 Jan 19, 2013

very touching.

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