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The Chosen Maiden
By (author): Eva Stachniak
9780385678568 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Historical / General Jan 17, 2017
$24.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.2 x 1.2 in | 1.17 lb 432 pages Doubleday Canada
The passionate, sweeping story of Bronia, an extraordinary ballerina forever in the shadow of the legendary Nijinsky—Russia’s greatest dancer and her older brother.

Born on the road to dancer parents, the Nijinsky children seem destined for the stage. Vaslav is an early prodigy, and through single-minded pursuit will grow into arguably the greatest—and most infamous—Russian ballet dancer of the 20th century. His talented younger sister Bronia, however, also longs to dance. Overshadowed by Vaslav, plagued by a body deemed less than ideal and struggling against the constraints of her gender, Bronia will have to work triply hard to prove herself worthy.

Bronia’s stunning discipline and mesmerizing talent will eventually elevate her to the highest stage in Russia: the prestigious, old-world Mariinsky Ballet. But as the First World War rages, revolution sparks in Russia. In her politics, love life and career, Bronia will be forced to confront the choice between old and new; traditional and groundbreaking; safe and passionate.

Through gorgeous and graceful prose, readers will be swept from St. Petersburg and Kiev to London and Paris and plunged into the tumultuous world of modern art. Against the fascinating and tragic backdrop of early 20th century Europe, and surrounded by legends like Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, Serge Diaghilev and Pablo Picasso, Bronia must come into her own—as a dancer, mother and revolutionary—in a world that only wishes to see her fall.

EVA STACHNIAK was born in Wrocław, Poland. She came to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and Humanities. She is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies and Garden of Venus. She lives in Toronto.

Author Hometown: Wroclaw, Poland

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Author Website: www.evastachniak.com

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National Bestseller

"A tale of intrigue, love, betrayal and redemption set in the realm of art and artists, exploring the line between dedication and obsession, creation and madness. . . . Stachniak weaves together beautifully the myriad moments that bring this fascinating family and period to life." —Toronto Star

"[Stachniak] exquisitely blends fiction with fact in this novel about the remarkable ballet dancers Vaslav and Bronia Nijinsky. . . [and] brilliantly brings the story of Bronia, the lesser-known Nijinsky, to life. She has an excellent command of the period and the dance world and an ability to draw characters who will enrapture the reader." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Carefully researched and capaciously imagined. . . . More than just an absorbing historical account of an avant-garde artist, The Chosen Maiden is a fully-realized tale of family, love, loss and enduring resilience." —Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author of The Painted Girls

"Many works of fiction take as their inspiration true events and persons of historical significance, but few do so as lovingly and imaginatively. . . . The Chosen Maiden delves into the workings of an artist's mind and reveals the resiliency of art in a time of worldwide political upheaval and war. . . . A remarkable work of historical fiction." —Quill & Quire

"Exquisite. . . . Dance fans will welcome this graceful and entrancing foray into the recent past." —Library Journal

"Reading The Chosen Maiden is like entering Aladdin's Cave, where a vivid, strange and enchanting world awaits. It is the thrilling world of the Great Nijinsky and his passionate and unforgettable sister Bronia, whose discipline and talent rival her famous brother's, but whose greatest genius may be her will to survive. Spanning two world wars and the Russian Revolution, Eva Stachniak's sumptuous and evocative dance of the Chosen Maiden is the dance of 20th century history." —Shaena Lambert, author of Oh, My Darling and Radiance

"Eva Stachniak is every bit as good at invoking Imperial Russia as Hilary Mantel is in conjuring up the Tudor era in England." —Carol Bishop-Gwyn, author of The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca

"I absolutely adored The Chosen Maiden! Such masterful, sensitive writing, I was immersed from the first page to the last. Eva Stachniak illuminates those historic pathways, blazed at such personal cost, by the 'dance-greats.' Most of all, I loved the humanizing of these characters—Bronia, Vaslav, Sergei Diaghilev—who imprinted their genius on our culture, whose names are so familiar, but whose origins and inner lives were not—until now." —Veronica Tennant, author of On Stage, Please, filmmaker and prima ballerina

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