Sunday, July 09, 2023

Eight books that deliver behind-the-scenes drama

Lindsay Lynch is a writer from Washington, DC.

She is the author of the novel Do Tell.

She holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wyoming.

A longtime indie bookseller, Lynch currently lives in Nashville, TN, where she works as a book buyer for Parnassus Books.

At Electric Lit she tagged eight favorite books "that show us the mess off-camera, behind the curtain, and backstage." One title on the list:
Ballet Company: They’re Going to Love You by Meg Howrey

Give me a story about ballet drama and I’m always in—Meg Howrey’s They’re Going to Love You is one of the all-time greats. Set between the 1980s ballet scene and today, it follows Carlisle Martin, a trained dancer turned choreographer, and her father Robert, an artistic director for a dance company. When Carlisle receives a life-changing call from her father’s partner, she has to reckon with a rift in their family that she caused with one impulsive decision many years ago. I love the vulnerability of this novel, emphasized by how beautifully Howrey (a former dancer herself) writes about the physicality of ballet. They’re Going to Love You is about the dance world, but it’s also about being an artist in the modern world, the sacrifices we make and the people we hurt.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue