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At the beginning of a long journey in time and fortune, we meet Juliette as a beautiful and wayward prostitute. Her friend Marie has modelled for Degas’s celebrated ‘Petite danseuse de quatorze ans’, and she too starts to model for Degas, eventually becoming his ‘Femme Assise’. Now, as an raddled and homeless old woman, she comes face to face with her beautiful young self,At the beginning of a long journey in time and fortune, we meet Juliette as a beautiful and wayward prostitute. Her friend Marie has modelled for Degas’s celebrated ‘Petite danseuse de quatorze ans’, and she too starts to model for Degas, eventually becoming his ‘Femme Assise’. Now, as an raddled and homeless old woman, she comes face to face with her beautiful young self, cast in bronze, shining, in the window of bronzecaster Didier's home. Her life, and the lives of everyone in Didier's household, are set to change as she finds a new purpose through her friendship with a little deaf boy and his traumatised mother....

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ISBN : 9781783063499
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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  • Rubery Book Award
    2018-10-17 00:09

    Shortlisted for the Rubery Book AwardThis is told from the point of view of Juliette, a middle-aged woman who had once been a prostitute and a model for Degas, but now filthy and destitute. The story starts when she sees the statue of herself in a window and sinks into the doorway of the block of flats where she has seen it. The novel is told from her point of view as she is taken in by the concierge, and sleeps in the stairwell, and that of Didier, an unlikeable man who is working with Degas’ sculptures . He lives with his daughter-in-law and grandson, who has become deaf as a result of an illness. The book develops these characters with great skill and convincing historical detail, as we see Juliette become accepted by the family through her gentle relationship with the child, which benefits both of them, and the gradual undoing of Didier.