Aspiring ballerina Marta, heroine of the new novel 84 Ribbons, by Paddy Eger, has been saving the ribbons from her pointe shoes since her first pair. “When I collect eighty-four ribbons, I’ll be ready for my first professional solo,” she predicts. But she never dreamed how difficult that goal would become. After moving to Billings, MT, to join a ballet company in the late 1950s, Marta suffers through miscommunications, loneliness, weight struggles and an injury that threatens her career. Will she be able to collect her ribbons—or even dance at all—by the end of the season?
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