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by Kaplan, Mitchell James,

Format: Print Book 2021
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"Mitchell James Kaplan [brings] his impressive knowledge of history, composition, and the heart's whims to bear on this shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin's star-crossed love." --Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Good Neighborhood

"A lilting, jazzy ballad as catchy as a Gershwin tune... Rhapsody will have you humming, toe-tapping, and singing along with every turn of the page." --Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress

One evening in 1924, Katharine "Kay" Swift--the restless but loyal society wife of wealthy banker James Warburg and a serious pianist who longs for recognition--attends a concert. The piece: Rhapsody in Blue . The composer: a brilliant, elusive young musical genius named George Gershwin.

Kay is transfixed, helpless to resist the magnetic pull of George's talent, charm, and swagger. Their ten-year love affair, complicated by her conflicted loyalty to her husband and the twists and turns of her own musical career, ends only with George's death from a brain tumor at the age of thirty-eight.

Set in Jazz Age New York City, this stunning work of fiction, for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank , explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not just a body of work unmatched in popular musical history, but a woman who loved him with all her heart, knowing all the while that he belonged not to her, but to the world.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "1920s housewife Katherine Warbug, née Swift, had a wealthy, philandering husband, three beautiful daughters, and an aching desire to create provoking music. An encounter with George Gershwin alters the course of her life, propelling her on an intimate odyssey from domesticity to becoming renowned composer Kay Swift. Kaplan delicately stitches together the notes of Gershwin and Swift's nontraditional love song with the constant, glamorous hum of the Roaring Twenties playing in the background. Snappy dialogue and lush prose bring the Jazz Age to life as Kaplan takes readers from Harlem rent parties to the stage lights of Broadway. Many famous names play bit parts along the way, among them Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Dorothy Parker, and Fred and Adele Astaire. Kaplan also uses the historical setting and characters to briefly explore conversations about topics that remain relevant today, particularly antisemitism and the appropriation of Black culture by white people for artistic gain. A sumptuous fictional account of a complex real-life romance, this book will stick in readers' heads like the melody of a favorite ballad."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kaplan (By Fire, by Water) builds an enchanting world featuring musical giants George Gershwin and Kay Swift. The story begins and ends on the same day--July 11, 1937--in-between, a great romance culminates in tragedy. Katharine Swift is a pianist of modest means who marries wealthy banker James Warburg. She's fond of James (and hurt by his romantic indiscretions), but doesn't experience true passion until she meets brash composer and pianist George Gershwin. This leads to a complicated setup of caring deeply for two very different men that ends with the death of one of the men. Kaplan's meticulous research is evident throughout (an author's note at the end points out where he fiddled with facts), and the pages glitter with the names of such musical luminaries as Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller, who provide a glamorous backdrop to the narrative, punctuated with major world events: the Great Depression and the ominous gathering storm of fascism in Germany. This spellbinding and luminous tale will linger in readers' minds long after the final page is turned. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Gershwin, George, -- 1898-1937 -- Fiction.
Swift, Kay, -- 1897-1993 -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Publisher New York :2021
Edition First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
Language English
Description 344 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781982104009
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