First Love

First Love

by Adrienne Sharp

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ISBN-13: 9781573223102
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 07/28/2005
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.23(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adrienne Sharp is the author of the short-story collection White Swan, Black Swan, which was a national bestseller. She studied ballet from the age of seven and trained with the prestigious Harkness Ballet in New York City. She received an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and was awarded a fellowship in fiction at the University of Virginia.

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i read this book in 2 days. it's not some lovey dovey romance novel like the title and cover suggests. very post-modern. i was so moved and engrossed. the sentiments in the novel are compelling. set in the world of ballet, it explores the many facets of love: selfish, obessive, and unconditional. and their consequences. its coldness gradually seeps into its reader and pitches the reader head first into the tunnel visioned frustration of its characters, the aching feeling of loneliness even when ur with someone, and the depressive state of mind of abandonment. i don't even know if the book was good on a literary level. i can't even talk about it objectively because i am still so emotionally wrapped up inside the plot and its characters. a must read if u love dance. i wish it could be made into a movie just so i can see the visual renderings of all the wonderful imagery in the book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
They met as teens and fell in and remain in love. Adam LaSalle and Sandra Ellis are talented ballet dancers, whose careers are just taking off with both looking like future superstars. Sandra dances for George Balanchine at the New York City Ballet while Adam performs with the rival American Ballet Theatre troupe.................... In the early 1980s, the ailing master choreographer Balanchine thinks he has found his muse to star as Sleeping Beauty when he sees Sandra. He knows she is his last chance to put on the fairy tale production he has dreamed of performing for what seems eternity. However, Balanchine expects Sandra to obey everything he demands from her; which includes putting her personal life on hold. Adam has other plans for his beloved to dance on stage and off together. Sandra must choose which love takes precedence knowing that whoever she rejects will be crushed................ FIRST LOVE is a terrific what if alternate recent history tale that builds around the dream of the late legendary George Balanchine wanting to put on a special production of Sleeping Beauty, but in real life never found his star ¿muse¿. The story line focuses on Sandra whose loves clash as she wants to be all she can be in ballet, but also desires to be with her beloved Adam. The three men in her life (which includes her father) pull her in an opposite vortex as if she is the center of a triangle. Readers will appreciate this fabulous ballet character study starring a terrific cast and paying homage to a great master................. Harriet Klausner