Sunday, March 4, 2012
It's a first effort, and given the author's biographical data from the book jacket flap, I'd say it's hard to call it fiction! Like her protagonist, she began dance training at age seven, moved to Manhattan to dance with a premier ballet company at 15, and retired from the life in her 20s, then enrolled in college. I hope that Flack writes another that is able to draw on her admitted wealth of knowledge without sticking quite so closely to the facts. This is a case where the writing instructor's exhortation to "write what you know" may have been followed too intently. That said, if you are a ballet fan, you may disagree with me. Pick it up and judge for yourself!
Here is a video of the author talking about her book: