The Master’s Muse

  • by Varley O’Connor
  • Narrated by Coleen Marlo
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

“We set our sights on each other almost from the beginning.”
So begins The Master’s Muse, an exquisite, deeply affecting novel about the true love affair between two artistic legends: George Balanchine, the Russian émigré to America who is widely considered the Shakespeare of dance, and his wife and muse, Tanaquil Le Clercq.
Copenhagen, 1956: Tanaquil Le Clercq, known as Tanny, is a gorgeous, talented, and spirited young ballerina whose dreams are coming true. She is married to the love of her life, George Balanchine - the famous mercurial director of New York City Ballet. She dances the best roles in his newest creations, has been featured in fashion magazines and television dramas, socializes with the country’s most renowned artists and intellectuals, and has become a star around the world. But one fateful evening, only hours after performing, Tanny falls suddenly and gravely ill; she awakens from a feverous sleep to find that she can no longer move her legs.
Tanny is diagnosed with polio, and Balanchine quits the ballet to devote himself to caring for his wife. He crafts exercises to help her regain her strength, deepening their partnership and love for each other. But in the years that follow, after Tanny discovers she will never walk again, their marriage is put to the ultimate test as Tanny battles to redefine her dreams and George once again throws himself into his art.
The Master’s Muse is an evocative imagining of the deep and complicated love between a smart, beautiful woman and her charismatic, ambitious husband; it is the story of an extraordinary collaboration in art and in life.

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What the Critics Say

“Graceful and penetrating…This passionate novel not only gives a glimpse into the ballet world of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s, its eccentric characters bring the story to life.” (Publishers Weekly)
“I was enchanted from the first page by Varley O’Connor’s graceful portrait of this remarkable woman.” (Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize-winning author)
“A brilliant novel in memoir form, The Master’s Muse is pure magic. As I read and was thoroughly absorbed by the writing, the remarkable characters, and the story, I simply could not believe this was a work of fiction, not an authentic memoir, expertly written. The Master’s Muse is a superb performance by Varley O’Connor. From one writer to another, my hat’s off.” (Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab’s Wife)

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Customer Reviews

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great story of love

What made the experience of listening to The Master’s Muse the most enjoyable?

yes


Who was your favorite character and why?

the love for each other


What does Coleen Marlo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

new york scene


If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

when she got sick


Any additional comments?

it is just a good love story

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Brilliant

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! Deeply poignant. A complicated love story between two amazing artists.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Tanaquil Le Clercq


Have you listened to any of Coleen Marlo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Another brilliant narration by Coleen Marlo!


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

So many interesting moments.


Any additional comments?

Coleen Marlo truly shines in her performance as Tanaquil.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.