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Adrienne Sharp studied ballet before turning to writing, and Booklist called White Swan, Black Swan, her acclaimed collection of short stories focusing on the world of dance, “breathtaking” in a starred review. In The True Memoirs of Little K, Sharp returns once again to the stage in a beautifully imagined tale of love. Now 99 years old, Mathilde Kschessinska sits down to write her memoirs, and ponders the life she lived as one of Russia’s most talented dancers and the great love of Nikolai Romanov. Download and start listening now!


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  • “I tore through this delectable book like a box of elegantly crafted chocolates. Even now, I keep riffling through the crumpled gold wrappers, wishing there were more. A fascinating, carefully researched, and intricately rendered portrait of the last tsar and his clever, talented, and wildly ambitious mistress, the prima ballerina assoluta Mathilde Kschessinska. Bravo, Little K.”

    Janet Fitch, New York Times bestselling author of White Oleander

  • “Sit back and be told a story, the rich and fantastic memoirs of  ninety-nine-year-old Mathilde Kschessinska, ballerina with the Russian Imperial Ballet, mistress to tsars and grand dukes…It’s a love story, a triumph of will, set in a Chekhovian landscape. Perfect holiday reading. The artist ends (like Akhmatova and countless others) an enemy of the state, banished from history. She tells her story in an almost magical way—the reader dissolves into another time and place.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Brilliant…Little K (as Nicholas supposedly called her) is the most unreliable of narrators about affairs of her own heart. But when reporting on a time, place, and disappearing way of life, especially with her sumptuous often loving descriptions of Russian dance and culture, she emerges as the ultimate truth-teller. If only we’d had history teachers this knowledgeable—and this much fun.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “This novel is a rare and rich pleasure, full of exquisite details of the Russian imperial court, of ballet, of diamonds, of intricate love affairs backstage in theaters and palaces in a vanished world.”

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Young Stalin

  • “Mistress of grand dukes and of Russia’s last tsar, Mathilde Kschessinska was the fabled prima ballerina assoluta of St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet during the empire’s last decades. In The True Memoirs of Little K, Adrienne Sharp reveals the passion, greed, and lust for life behind the fairy tale of the ballerina’s real memoirs, and the secret about her son’s paternity that it’s easy to believe just might be true.”

    Lynn Garafola, author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes

  • “The author’s knowledge of the ballet and her lush, descriptive writing give depth and resonance to this imagined history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Author Adrienne Sharp

Adrienne Sharp entered the world of ballet at age seven and trained at the prestigious Harkness Ballet in New York. She received her MA with honors from the Writing Seminars at John Hopkins University, her MPW from the University of Southern California, 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 Writers Conference.