The story takes place in 1988, at the New York State Theater, during a gala performance of the New York City Ballet, where Susan McFadden, a member of the audience, reconciles her memories with the extraordinary ballets of the late genius George Balanchine and the people in the company who have changed her life.
Characters include John Fencer, a young dancer and choreographer determined to move his career out of the doldrums; Zenobia Simmons, his sometime girlfriend who swoops up the ranks of the company a little too fast and with some dangerous friends; ballet patron Dorothy Brownmiller, who is generous about paving John's road to success—for a price—and who is obsessed with Zenobia; a brilliant young member of the audience who holds the key to everyone's fate; and the late choreographer Balanchine himself, whose life and ballets continue to influence the characters' own lives and dreams.
Author Mary Sheeran's critically praised novel, Who Have the Power, an exploration of cultural conflict, feminism, and Native American history set on the American frontier, was published in 2006 after she earned a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary. She's also a singer, and has sung countless operas, song recitals, and cabarets in New York, including several performances of her Songs From the Balanchine Repertory. Her dance reviews appear on the popular performing arts blog, Life Upon the Sacred Stage.
Quest of the Sleeping Princess
By Mary Sheeran
Publication Date: October 15, 2010
Retail Price: $15.95
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