Girl Through Glass Book Report

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“Girl Through Glass” by Sari Wilson is the tragic depiction of a girl adored far too soon by a grown-up world. This book is split into two narratives, one following an eleven year old girl named Mira, the other is the first-person account of her, some 30 years later, attempting to piece together how she went from being one of Mr.B’s girls to a bitter woman who left ballet behind.

The first story takes place in 1977, tracking Mira as she aspires to be a ballerina in New York City. Enduring the mess of her parent’s divorce, she finds some escape in dance, as it offers her control and power. It also introduces her to 47 year-old Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane who becomes her mentor. Over the course of three years, Mira is accepted into the School of American Ballet, run by the legendary George Balanchine, and eventually becomes one of Mr.B’s girls - a dancer of rare talent chosen for greatness. As she ascends higher in the ballet world, her relationship with Maurice intensifies, touching dark places within herself and sparking unexpected desires that will upend both their lives.

She moves, from living with her dad, to California with her mom where, after putting up for adoption the last reminder of her life back in New York, she attempts to start her life over again, leaving behind her memories of ballet and Maurice, going as far as legally changing her name to Kate. In the present day, Mira, now known as Kate, is a professor of dance at a Midwestern college. She embarks on a risky affair with a student that threatens to obliterate her career and
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While there are no lyrics, the melody is delicate and, I believe, greatly represents “Girl Through Glass”. While there are slight or significant changes in the notes, there is always one constant string of notes that plays similar to the book. As Mira changes her personality and even her name, it is always the same girl

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