Rosedale In Love (The House of Mirth Revisited)by Lev Raphael
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.
--Elise Blackwell, author of An Unfinished Score
--Lillian Faderman, author of Odd
--Joan DeJean, author of The Essence of Style
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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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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!