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Rosedale In Love (The House of Mirth Revisited)
     

Rosedale In Love (The House of Mirth Revisited)

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by Lev Raphael
 
Money Meets Prejudice in The Gilded Age

In the glittering world of money-mad 1905 New York City, Jewish financier Simon Rosedale plans to force his way into high society through marriage and has his eye on Lily Bart. One of the most beautiful women in the city, Lily is a down-at-heels aristocrat plagued by gossip and might be vulnerable to his proposal. With

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Money Meets Prejudice in The Gilded Age

In the glittering world of money-mad 1905 New York City, Jewish financier Simon Rosedale plans to force his way into high society through marriage and has his eye on Lily Bart. One of the most beautiful women in the city, Lily is a down-at-heels aristocrat plagued by gossip and might be vulnerable to his proposal. With his money and her style and connections, he can rise to the top--but will she lower herself to marry a Jew? Could such a marriage heal Rosedale's secret shame, and will Florence Goodhart, the cousin who adores Rosedale, help or hinder his plans?

Written in a period voice, Rosedale in Love audaciously revisions Edith Wharton's beloved classic The House of Mirth, offering readers a timeless American story of greed, envy, scandal, love and revenge. Raphael recently was invited to read from this novel in Florence at the Edith Wharton Society's international conference.

Editorial Reviews

Indiereader.com - Cynthia Darling
"Lev Raphael has done his homework in this extremely well-written novel, and includes history and current events of the time period that completely immerse the reader in a world of spectacle, ceremony, gossip and intrigue that makes the era, and the characters, come alive."
http://www.levraphael.com - Elise Blackwell
"Lev Raphael's novel of the Gilded Age pays homage to Edith Wharton and deftly nods to Henry James as it depicts the interplay of identity, wealth, and social standing in a society that demands reputation but objects to poverty even more than scandal."
--Elise Blackwell, author of An Unfinished Score
http://www.levraphael.com - Lilian Faderman
"Lev Raphael brilliantly captures an American era of fabulous wealth and fatuous prejudice while giving Simon Rosedale the nuance and complexity that the otherwise-masterful Edith Wharton, blinded by the mindless Anti-Semitism of her day, failed to do. In turning Wharton's careless caricature into a memorable multi-dimensional being, Raphael makes our sympathies shift in wonderfully startling ways. Beautifully written and absolutely absorbing."
--Lillian Faderman, author of Odd
http://www.levraphael.com - Joan DeJean
"When The House of Mirth is revisited from Simon Rosedale's perspective, the Gilded Age gives up still more of its secrets. Lev Raphael explores many of the areas in which the period was over the top--from high fashion to high finance, from gastronomy to interior decoration--and the mix provides a great summer read."
--Joan DeJean, author of The Essence of Style
http://www.levraphael.com - Laurie R. King
"Richly textured and darkly witty, Rosedale in Love explores the inner life of outsiders, to whom the hidden give-and-take of high society is a language to be struggled with, for whom external wealth and inner impoverishment go hand in hand. Lev Raphael catches the subtlety of Wharton's original, and enriches her exploration of a story in which love pulls against ambition, and shame is a daily taste in the mouth."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012391698
Publisher:
Lev Raphael
Publication date:
04/18/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
750 KB

Meet the Author

Lev Raphael is a prize-winning author, reviewer, and blogger who has published twenty-four books in a wide range of genres and been translated into a dozen languages. A former student of famed Wharton biographer Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Raphael has been a Wharton fan for decades. He was recently a keynote speaker at the international Wharton conference in Florence where he read from Rosedale in Love. Among his other books is a highly regarded biographical study of Wharton as well as a comic mystery delving into the politics around her reputation, The Edith Wharton Murders.

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Rosedale In Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TrouveVerloren More than 1 year ago
This novel is a delight to read. With its period voice and lush vocabulary, it perfectly captures the costumes, jewels, home decor and other set pieces of the ultra-rich who live in their own Society circle in New York City during the Gilded Age of the early 1900s. Lev's delightfully smooth narrative flow sweeps you along and immerses you in each scene as though you're an unnoticed wallflower, picking up on tidbits of conversation, nuances of facial expressions, and noting other slight gestures for the social import they carry. Though the book seems to launch from Simon Rosedale's point of view, it is primarily through his adoring cousin Florence's eyes that we watch the interplay of emotions, pride, deceit and manipulation play out among the characters, bringing the story to a quick but satisfying end. It may have been Rosedale who thought he was in love, but really, he was loved all along and didn't know it until he had expunged his personal demons from the past and could then see his bountiful life through fresh new eyes. I highly recommend this book, and the cover is beautiful to boot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago