February 2013: This breathtaking novel tells the story of the three van Goethem sisters. In 1878 there isn’t much work for young girls and after the death of their father if figure out that if they want to eat and keep their home they are the ones that have to find work.
Antoinette has to deciede between honest work as a laundress or Parisian demimonde, which is more profitable but not so honest.
Marie, the middle child, goes to the Opera to become a ballerina, where she winds up modeling for Degas. Charlotte, the littlest sister, who wants to help out but isn’t really of an age yet. Cathy describes this era with such passion and detale.