Episode 14: Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson
Girl Through Glass begins with a blackout, the famous New York City blackout of 1977. And then the lights come up to reveal a group of girls, preparing for ballet class, pulling on their leotards, tying the ribbons on their shoes. One of these girls is Mira, an eleven-year-old aspiring ballerina whose parents' marriage is falling apart. The novel takes us, then, to the present, where we meet Kate, a visiting professor of dance studies at a small college, who, in her forties, is struggling to find a stable life as an academic. As we come to learn, Kate has secrets. Mira does too. The novel moves back and forth between their perspectives, slowly revealing their stories.
Sari Wilson talks about her decision to blend these two narratives, how she navigated the dangers of melodrama, and the way in which she sees her novel as a Romantic ballet.
Host Cyd Oppenheimer and guest readers Alice Baumgartner and Kate Kincaid discuss beauty, power, and desire, and reflect on blackouts, brokenness, and birth.