The True Memoirs of Little K

By Adrienne Sharp
(Picador USA, Paperback, 9780312610715, 378pp.)

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

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A California Book Award Finalist

One of Oprah's Book Club's Ten Fantastic Books for Fall 2010

"Historical Novel Review" Editors' Choice

Exiled in Paris, the frail, elderly Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs. A lifetime ago, she was the vain, ambitious, impossibly charming "prima ballerina assoluta" of the tsar's Russian Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg. Kschessinska's riveting storytelling soon thrusts us into a world lost to time: that great intersection of the Russian court and the Russian theater. Through Kschessinska's memories of her own triumphs and defeats, we witness the stories that changed history, from the seething beginnings of revolution to the end of a grand, decadent way of life that belonged to the nineteenth century. Based on fact, "The True Memoirs of Little K" is "an engrossing tale of love, loss, and history" ("The Wichita Eagle").

About the Author
Adrienne Sharp entered the world of ballet at age seven and trained at the prestigious Harkness Ballet in New York. She received her M.A. with honors from the Writing Seminars at the Johns Hopkins University and was awarded a Henry Hoyns Fellowship at the University of Virginia. She has been a fiction fellow at MacDowell, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference. She is the author of "The True Memoirs of Little K", " White Swan", "Black Swan "and "The Sleeping Beauty".

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  1. The novel’s title claims these are Mathilde’s true memoirs. Is any memoir entirely true? What aspects of his or her life might a memoirist attempt to conceal—or rewrite? What is illuminating about reading a fictionalized account of someone’s life as opposed to an autobiography or a biography?

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