Sari Wilson is the author of the novel Girl Through Glass. From her Q&A with Deborah Kalb:
Q: Are there any novels about dance that are particular favorites for you?Visit Sari Wilson's website.
Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead is so good and so well-crafted, kaleidoscopic. The Crane’s Dance by Meg Howrey, who was a professional dancer, is wry and moving, and has a real insider’s perspective.
I also really loved Dancer by Colum McCann, which uses the life of Rudolph Nureyev as base for all kinds of exploration into post-World War II Cold War history. I recently read Terez Mertes Rose’s new novel Outside the Limelight and loved its heart and craft. Outside the Limelight got an indie choice in Kirkus. I also have Zadie Smith’s Swing Time on my night table.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for this novel?
A: Well, I started out trying to write a memoir about my childhood ballet experience. Ballet was my great young love. After I stopped training that whole part of my life became locked in a very private place.
One day, I sat down and wrote what is now the entire first part of the novel—and then I cried. So I knew I had something. But...[read on]