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The Flamenco Academy

A novel by

“Bird captures the staccato passion of flamenco in a rapturous love triangle.”
- People

“The Flamenco Academy opens so boldly . . . that you have to wonder how [Sarah] Bird can sustain such high drama. But it quickly becomes apparent that she's mapped her novel's treacherous terrain and planned accordingly, building characters sturdy enough to stand firmly, even when their emotions are spinning out of control.”
- The New York Times Book Review

The first commandment of flamenco is Dame la verdad - Give me the truth. But for Cyndi Rae Hrncir, a shy seventeen-year-old, the truth is too painful to share. When Rae becomes infatuated with the devastatingly handsome flamenco guitarist Tomás Montenegro, she and her best friend, Didi, immerse themselves in the exotic world of the Gypsy dance and in the spellbinding stories told by their legendary teacher, Doña Carlota, Tomás's great-aunt. Locked in a volatile triangle and driven by obsession - Didi with fame, Rae with Tomás, and Tomás with the mystery of his origin - the three sharpen their performances, while danger, longing, and betrayal pulse beneath each step. When a heartbreaking longheld secret comes to light, Rae is duty-bound to honor the laws of flamenco and finally reveal the truth.

“The stuff bestsellers are made of . . . [The Flamenco Academy is] funny and beautifully structured to create anticipation and suspense, with lush moments of romance and a surprisingly sturdy backbone.”
- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Good conflict makes good fiction, and that's what gives The Flamenco Academy such irresistible energy and narrative drive. . . . A heady brew of a novel, lushly romantic at one turn, wryly and wittily observant at the next.”
- Houston Chronicle

“A deft exploration of love, desire and jealousy told against the backdrop of that most complex of dances, flamenco.”
- Baltimore Sun

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

June 2006 : USA Hardback

Title: The Flamenco Academy
Author(s): Sarah Bird
ISBN: 1-4000-4084-1 / 978-1-4000-4084-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

October 2007 : USA Paperback

Title: The Flamenco Academy: A Novel
Author(s): Sarah Bird
ISBN: 0-345-46238-6 / 978-0-345-46238-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

July 2007 : Canada Audio edition

Title: The Flamenco Academy
Author(s): Sarah Bird
Publisher: Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: "The Flamenco Academy"
Author(s): Sarah Bird
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