Flight of the Swan by Rosario Ferré

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The story of a prima ballerina and her acolyte, set in Puerto Rico in 1917.

Flight of the Swan is the compelling story of a world-famous Russian prima ballerina who finds herself stranded on a Caribbean island in 1917, due to political upheavals in her own country. This charming jeu d'esprit explores the complexities of love and betrayal, as the loyal servant Masha gradually comes to recognize that in spite of what she sees as Madame's propensity to be both pretentious and vain, the ballerina is prepared to sacrifice everything for her art. Madame's unfaltering commitment to dance above all else -- and her demand of nothing less from her disciples -- forces Masha to question what choices she herself is willing to make when it comes to her own loves, ideals, and relationships.

Humorous, engaging, and coyly revealing, Flight of the Swan traces the decisions made by Masha, Madame, and other members of the troupe during their enforced three-month stay in Puerto Rico, and in doing so raises the question of where true happiness lies.

 

About Rosario Ferré

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A National Book Award finalist, Rosario Ferré is the author of The Youngest Doll, Sweet Diamond Dust, The House on the Lagoon (FSG, 1995), and Eccentric Neighborhoods (FSG, 1998). She is a frequent lecturer in the United States and lives in Puerto Rico.
 
Published April 1, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 198 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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