The world of ragtime in turn-of-the-century New York unfolds in a remarkable story about freedom, immortality and forgiveness
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This beautifully written book is so candid and alive it unfolds like a movie. I was instantly drawn into its compelling pages…
Evocative of the turn-of-the-century ragtime era in New York City, Temptation Rag, A Novel is the second release by award-winning historical fiction novelist Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, perfect for cozy winter-time reading. A remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness, this richly fictionalized historical saga spans 30 years and features an unforgettable cast of real-life characters, from vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early African-American musical theater.
Temptation Rag’s female protagonist is May Convery, a privileged yet unhappy young woman living in Victorian-era New York City who dreams of becoming a poet. Against her parents’ wishes, she boldly pursues a relationship with Mike Bernard, a poor but talented aspiring concert pianist. After their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. As Mike abandons serious music to ruthlessly defend his hard-won title, “Ragtime King of the World,” May struggles to find her voice as an artist and a woman. It isn’t until years after their youthful romance, when they cross paths again, that they must finally confront the truth about themselves and each other. But is it too late?
Temptation Rag brilliantly explores historically significant social and moral dilemmas of the early twentieth century era—many of which still confront us today, including cultural appropriation, gender inequality and sexual abuse of power. Readers of this fascinating tale will see the ragtime era in an entirely new light and be left pondering the emotional journeys and ultimate fates of the book’s captivating characters.
I loved reading this novel. It keeps the pages turning and moves along rather quickly. I highly recommend this book.
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