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Critical Praise

"THE PAINTED GIRLS is historical fiction at its finest, awash in period details of the Paris of Degas and Zola while remaining, at its heart, the poignant story of three sisters struggling to stay together even as they find themselves pulled toward different, and often misunderstood, dreams. Cathy Marie Buchanan also explores the uneasy relationship between artist and muse with both compassion and soul-searing honesty."
    — Melanie Benjamin, author of ALICE I HAVE BEEN

"Part mystery, part love story, THE PAINTED GIRLS breathes heart and soul into a fascinating era of the City of Lights. One can't help but be drawn in by this compelling and lyrical tale of sister love and rivalry."
    — Heidi W. Durrow, author of THE GIRL WHO FELL FROM THE SKY

"Beautiful and haunting. From the first page, I was swept up and enchanted."
    — Amy Greene, author of BLOODROOT

"Will hold you enthralled as it spools out the vivid story of young sisters in late 19th century Paris struggling to transcend their lives of poverty through the magic of dance. I guarantee, you will never look at Edgar Degas’s immortal sculpture of the Little Dancer in quite the same way again."
    — Kate Alcott, author of THE DRESSMAKER