A Grand Passion

A Grand Passion

by Mary Mackey
     
 

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From the Maryinksy Theatre in pre-Revolutionary Russia to the Lincoln Center in New York during the seventies, this is a generational story of three great ballerinas. Natasha Ladanova, a ballerina who has excelled in the Imperial Ballet with the help of the Grand Duke Alexis, a great admirer of Natasha’s. Nevertheless, even his great wealth cannot convince

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From the Maryinksy Theatre in pre-Revolutionary Russia to the Lincoln Center in New York during the seventies, this is a generational story of three great ballerinas. Natasha Ladanova, a ballerina who has excelled in the Imperial Ballet with the help of the Grand Duke Alexis, a great admirer of Natasha’s. Nevertheless, even his great wealth cannot convince her to be with him, and she falls passionately in love with Sergei Maximov, who fathers her daughter, Tatiana Trey—and then breaks Natasha’s heart.



Tatiana, equipped with her mother’s talent, moves to Hollywood in the 50s and struggles to dance in the heyday of silver screen ballerinas while fighting with polio. She passes her talent for the stage to her daughter, Alysa.



Alysa Rochina, dances a major role in one of Maximov’s production. Will her performance finally bring her family to terms with their heritage of love and betrayal?


Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
To be a prima ballerina one must have dushasoul, heartas well as technical brilliance. Natasha Ladanova, a provincial boosted to brilliant stardom at the Russian Imperial Ballet School, has all three, coupled with a beauty that makes her mistress of a Grand Duke at 16, even as she pines for the love of an arrogant dancer. After fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution, Natasha dances with Sergei Maximov's Parisian company, and their on-again, off-again affair produces one, or possibly two, daughters. First-born Winn is sweet and practical; it is Tatiana who has her mother's winged feet. Marriage to Sergei's estranged son, Mihail, nearly ends Tatiana's career, but she and her husband attain fame in American films. A hotel fire orphans their daughter Alysa, who works arduously at becoming a ballerina in her own right. Ironically, however (and to Natasha's horror), Maximov proves to be the choreographer whose vision strikes a chord in Alysa, who is unaware that he is her grandfather. Mackey's (McCarthy's List exhilarating family saga brims with vibrant characters. 50,000 ad/promo; first serial to Good Housekeeping; to be TV miniseries; Literary Guild alternate. (April 17)
Library Journal - Library Journal
In prerevolutionary Russia, the ravish ingly beautiful Natasha Ladanova is one of the leading dancers with the Im perial Ballet. She is hopelessly in love with a self-centered swine named Ser gei Maximov, a dancer who eventually decides to leave Russia and join Diaghi lev's troop in Paris. Natasha, desolate, finds comfort as the mistress of the Grand Duke Alexis. When the Bolshe viks take over, Natasha flees to Paris and Sergei's bed. But, true to form, the cad Sergei leaves a pregnant Natasha for another woman. All of this and more takes place in Book 1. Books 2 and 3 deal with the equally intricate lives of Natasha's daughter and grand daughter. One-dimensional characters dominate this formula novel. Still, there will probably be demand for it. Literary Guild alternate. Patricia Altner, Dept. of Defense Lib., Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614308256
Publisher:
Lowenstein Associates
Publication date:
08/03/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,012,397
File size:
1 MB

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