New York City, 1977: To escape her parents’ messy divorce, eleven-year-old Mira throws herself into ballet, finding a mentor in the middle-aged Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane. Her natural skill and hard work land her in the prestigious School of American Ballet, run by the legendary George Balanchine. But as she ascends higher in the ballet world, her relationship with Maurice intensifies, sparking dark, unexpected desires that will upend both their lives.
In the present day, Kate, a professor of dance at a midwestern college, embarks on an affair with a student that threatens to obliterate her career and the life she has painstakingly created. When she receives a letter from a man long thought dead, Kate is hurled back into the maelstrom of her past.
Moving between then and now, Girl Through Glass illuminates the costs of ambition, perfection, secrets, and the desire for beauty, and reveals how the sacrifices we make for an ideal can destroy—or save—us.