In a crowd of beautiful and talented dancers, how can one
girl stand out?
As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet
Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling
performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has
happily devoted her entire life to ballet.
But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's
universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against
the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike
out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of
the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?
Praise for Bunheads:
"She [Flack] brilliantly captures the arc from soaring ballerina to
exhausted dancer collapsing in a pool of sweat...details have
been changed, but fans of ballet will nonetheless relish the inside scoop. A multi-layered and absorbing good read by a promising debut
—Kirkus (starred review)
"A measured, vibrant, un-melodramatic account... with a lively cast of literary soloists and corps de novel who present possible ways to survive, or not, as a dancer. Even the ballet-neutral will understand the conflict between career and personal life explored here, but this book will be absolutely irresistible to those who've always felt just one pirouette and years of ferocious training away from Margot Fonteyn."
—BCCB (starred review)
Flack danced with the New York City Ballet from 2000 until 2009. She is
currently studying English at Columbia University. Bunheads is her first