A biography of the American ballerina describing the high-pressure world of dance, her love affairs, clashes with teachers, descent into cocaine addiction, anorexia, and confinement in a mental institution before fighting her way back to a triumphant return.
Why did I read this now? My daughter is a ballet dancer, and hoping to become a professional eventually. Our family were discussing Gelsey Kirkland's career and what she is doing now (she has established a dance school in NYC, Gelsey Kirkland Academy) and we thought both this book and her next book would be worth reading. I wanted to preview and decided both are appropriate for my daughter and her age -- she is 16. As for myself, I found this a compelling read, although sad, that Kirkland had to go through hell during part of her dance career.