Genre: Women’s fiction (with YA crossover), performing arts related
Alice thinks she’s accepted the loss of her ballet career, injury having forced her to trade in pointe shoes onstage for spreadsheets upstairs. That is, until the day Alice's boss asks her to befriend Lana, a pretty new company member he’s got his eye on. Lana represents all Alice has lost, not just as a ballet dancer, but as a motherless daughter. It’s pain she’s kept hidden, even from herself, as every good ballet dancer knows to do.
Lana, lonely and unmoored, desperately needs some help, and her mother, back home, vows eternal support. But when Lana begins to profit from Alice’s advice and help, her mother’s constant attention curdles into something more sinister.
Together, both women must embark on a journey of painful rediscoveries, not just about career opportunities won and lost, but the mothers they thought they knew.
OFF BALANCE takes the reader beyond the glitter of the stage to expose the sweat and struggle, amid the mandate to sustain the illusion at all cost.
Terez Mertes Rose is a writer and former ballet dancer whose work has appeared in the Crab Orchard Review, Women Who Eat (Seal Press), A Woman’s Europe (Travelers’ Tales), the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Jose Mercury News. She reviews dance performances for Bachtrack.com and blogs about ballet and classical music at The Classical Girl. She makes her home in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son and too many cats. She loves good food, good wine, and a good (but not too hard) adult ballet class. She also publishes under the name Terez Rose.
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Review: OFF BALANCE by Terrz Mertes Rose [Ballet Theatre Chronicles #1]
OFF BALANCE is such a delightfully engrossing, page-turning novel. I was filled with such a sense of excitement which I had not experienced since reading Edward Stewart's BALLERINA many years ago. Once again I found myself in a hectic and fast-paced, hard-driving, competitive, even cutthroat environment, completely new to me but utterly absorbing. Even though I didn't know the playbook, the novel and its many characters [each could be a novel themselves] enwrapped me. A rousing 5 stars and a standing ovation of "BRAVA!"