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God of Wine [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Zahzam
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Book Description

When god Dionysus manipulates the lives of two struggling performers, the consequences are as dramatic as theatre itself. God of Wine is a dark tale of alcoholism, obsession, and a decision that will mean life or death to a troubled Broadway star.

HarperCollins UK Review of God of Wine:
"This is a great idea for a novel. The morally ambiguous god of theatre and debauchery interfering with the lives of two bright young things on Broadway: Taylor, a star with a dark past, and Kristen, a hungry young would-be actress who will stop at nothing to get what she wants: the love of a married man.
Suspense builds as Kristen abandons one after another of her morals and the two protagonists slowly move towards one another and, we suspect, romantic tragedy.

There is great stuff here. The romantic tension that builds as Kristen relentless pursues Taylor is convincing and absorbing, and Taylor is a great character - charismatic, alluring, but believably damaged. I also love the idea of a book set in the theatre world, which is continually fascinating.

"There's narrative momentum to the way events unfold. What exactly is going on between Dionysus and Taylor? How far do his powers extend and does Kristen have a hope in hell of undoing the damage he's convinced her to do?"

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Cite Tableaux NYC (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WFZQM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,534,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Sip May 1, 2012
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Set in NYC, on the Upper West Side, all through Central Park and all the way to the stages of Broadway, God of Wine is the story of Kristen, a young woman from Minnesota with stars in her eyes, love in her heart and a voice for her song and Taylor, a renowned Broadway star with a Pandora's box of demons, issues and selfishness that envies no other. It seems like a match made in heaven but they are two people both struggling in very different ways but all for the same thing... Love.

Kristen quickly becomes a character you can almost identify with, she is strong willed, blindly being lead by the hand by Dionysus - the mysterious God of Wine. Dionysus professes his love for Taylor and quickly he and Kristen develop a plan so she can have Taylor all to herself. She doesn't think of the consequences of her actions until it becomes too much to handle but by that time it is too late. She is at the mercy of the obsessive Dionysus, who will stop at nothing to possess Taylor. She doesn't seem to understand that her pact was made with the "devil", who will until the very end, manipulate every scene, every single moment to get HIS finale, which is all of Taylor with no room for Kristen or anyone else in the picture.

Throughout the story, we see Taylor and his addiction. His past infidelities are mentioned, as well as his voracious appetite for booze, his antics causing many professional and personal disasters throughout his life. It shines through to the forefront when they are finally together, after weeks of Kristen and Dionysus scheming, planning and ultimately breaking Taylor's spirit. He wages a battle with alcoholism at its worst form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read December 21, 2012
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There are several reasons why I shouldn't have liked God of Wine. Throughout most of it I wanted to slap the heroine, Krissy, for starters. It's also almost by definition "chic-lit" -- a beautiful single gal on the loose in the glamorous theater world of New York, except the book is much more down to earth and probably realistic about actually working in that world than say the television show "Smash." Then there's the far-fetched premise, Dionysis himself, masquerading (barely) as a playwright and playing puppet master. But the awful truth is I couldn't put it down. Well, I actually, I could and did, but I kept coming back to it at every opportunity until I was done.

The writing, as in old-fashioned storytelling, is just so good here. Ms. Zahzam has written a page turner as easy on the eyes as its heroine, who by the way, I kinda came to respect (finally) by the end.

The audience I imagine this would most appeal to is theater geeks, and people who can't read enough about New York City, but all readers of quality fiction in need of a good read would do well to check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic bit of magical realism July 4, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of books that intertwine mythology with contemporary settings and characters, and God of Wine does not disappoint. The characters are well-developed and there's just enough mystery surrounding Dionysus to keep you guessing throughout the book. What really sets it apart, though, is the realism of the setting. It's obvious that the author not only lives in NYC, but loves it there. The city, and particularly its theater scene, becomes a central part of the book, essentially acting as another character. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing May 6, 2012
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Elizabeth Zahzam's God of Wine intrigues and captivates readers from the first paragraph. It involves all senses with powerful descriptions and an enticing storyline that takes off without delay. She has readers in no time in the lives of fascinating characters.

This book's a page turner that'll rob you of sleep. A fantastic read!
T.Donna Robison
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Zahzam is a novelist, playwright and art enthusiast living in New York City. For over a decade, she has been an avid participant in NYC arts initiatives. Among the projects she founded are the Go Figure Outreach Program (a visual arts education program for teens), Pedagogical Studies for Artists (workshops and curricula for MFA students), and the New York Academy of Theatrical Art. Her latest project is a literary collaborative, Cite Tableaux NYC.

She is the author of three novels, and several plays that have been performed in New York City. Elizabeth and her husband live on Manhattan's Upper West Side. They are the happy owners of a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Jack, who deserves to have a book written about him.

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