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Twilight of the Immortal [Kindle Edition]

Marilyn Jaye Lewis
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Book Description

As the Great War tore through Europe in the spring of 1916, the privileged stars of Broadway still wore the height of Paris fashions, danced the tango and drank champagne––and ignited a great debate: Stick to the noble tradition of the theater? Or take the train west to a dusty crossroads called Hollywood and stake one’s fortunes in the new frontier of motion pictures? Twilight of the Immortal tells the remarkable story of early Hollywood through the eyes of Rosemary McKisco, a wayward young heiress who throws in her lot with the great Alla Nazimova, the first openly lesbian star of stage and screen. Fleeing a respectable marriage to a wealthy Broadway producer on the eve of America’s entry into the Great War, Rosemary follows Nazimova to Hollywood, navigating her twilight world where women prefer women and men prefer men. It is the heyday of the Silent Era––a time of indulgent excess, of scandals and free love. For a shining moment, Rudolph Valentino reigns as the silver screen’s “Greatest Lover” and Rosemary is not immune to his magnetic charm. As his trusted confidante, she stands by him through the curses of his outrageous fortune––and barely survives his sudden, tragic death. By 1927, as Valentino’s infamous funeral fades from the daily headlines to become the less volatile stuff of legend, Rosemary makes her peace with Hollywood at last, but at what cost?

Editorial Reviews


"As historical fiction, it is rich with detail and imagery, providing a strong 'you were there' experience for the reader...For me, the only disappointing part of the reading experience was reaching the end." - MB Austen,

About the Author

Marilyn Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer of cutting-edge fiction, memoirs, and essays. The author of numerous short stories and novellas, her career has thus far spanned two decades and her work has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Her many novels include Freak Parade, In the Secret Hours, and the work-in-progress Curse of Our Profound Disorder (winner of a New Century Writers Award and a finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition). Readers can find her on the web at

Product Details

  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 602 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Marilyn Jaye Lewis (September 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Yes, it's a tome of a book. But don't be intimidated by the size or the price point. It's worth it!

You'll love Rosemary McKisco! In this story she shares with us not only her own coming-of-age growing pains as the affluent step-child of a successful Broadway producer, but also the changing times and mores that accompany The Great War, Women's Suffrage, and the beginning of "flickers" in the wilds of New Jersey. Not wanting to be married, nor with any real professional ambitions, she finds herself accompanying the troupe that surrounds Alla Nazimova, the first openly gay actress in her relocation to Hollywood. Once in Los Angeles she finds her footing and grows close to Rudy Valentino, best known for being early film's greatest lover. She's there with him as he goes from being an obscure actor to his meteoritic rise in fame. Along the way Rosemary will take you behind the scenes and introduce you to many of both Broadway's & Hollywood's real players, take you to their parties and share the inner politics and ever ignited passions.

Kudos to author Marilyn Jaye Lewis on her skill as a scribe! Well researched and incredibly well executed.
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Reading the first page of Twilight of the Immortal is like opening the door of Frances Hodgson Burnett's secret garden. Instantly, the reader is pulled into a different world , the world of silent motion pictures. Lewis' extraordinary writing immediately enthralls, grabs attention and clutches it until the very last word on the very last page.

Twilight of the Immortal is a complex novel and sets out to accomplish a pretty hefty goal:
to present the silent days of early Hollywood, to glimpse the canvas of the First World War, to present a catalog of real people who populated the era, to create memorable fictional characters whose lives intermix with the lives of historic figures, to bring to the forefront several main characters whose lives become a kind a novel unto itself yet completely integrate with the bigger picture, to give close-up time to several famous stars of the times, and to combine all of this into one entertaining, well-written book. Marilyn Jaye Lewis attains her goal by orchestrating all of these intentions into a memorable reading experience that is a gift to the reader beyond all imaginable gifts.

To evolve the story, Lewis places Rosemary McKisco in the narrator's seat. Rosemary is a young girl from a wealthy family who finds herself looking in just about every possible social and sexual direction for solid footing and for some kind of meaning, purpose, and identity. Her perils, adventures, and misadventures are the center around which everything else in this novel moves and from which everything else radiates outward to the book's conclusion. Her delineation is so complete and detailed that she becomes utterly real for the reader, a person in the reader's own mental household.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Charming! October 13, 2011
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As soon as I read this quote, attributed to Valentino: "Observe, Rosemary, how in Hollywood there is no difference between a knife and a smile," I knew for sure that I had found a gem! "Twilight of the Immortal" is both beautifully written and an engaging romp, an insider's view (fictional though it may be) of life behind the scenes in the 1920's movie industry, with Rudolph Valentino, Natacha Rambova, and Alla Nazimova, all figuring prominently in the story line. I enjoyed it immensely, from beginning to end.

What struck me most, however, was that in the telling of this tale, Marilyn Jaye Lewis captures Valentino's essence, the allure that endeared him to millions of fans. There is not one false step in this book. All the details are meticulously researched and in the reading one immediately becomes steeped in Rosemary's quest to find her rightful place in the world. That she accomplishes her goals unconventionally only adds to the luster. I give it five stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A madly compelling novel April 29, 2011
Twilight of the Immortal is a madly compelling look at Hollywood during the golden era of the 1920s. Marilyn Jaye Lewis is a smart, witty, and thoroughly enjoyable guide as she takes you on a well-researched journey ... historical, social, emotional ... through both the high lights and low lights of a unique and amazing period in our history. At 600 pages this isn't a quickie read. But Lewis's prose ... sometimes ribald, sometimes profound ... is deft and always companionable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! May 2, 2011
Twilight of the Immortal is a must read. The story had me at Chapter 1 and never let me go. Marilyn Jaye Lewis paints a clear picture of life during the old Hollywood era of the 1920's. I honestly didn't want to put the book down, however at 600 pages, I had no choice. That being said, I couldn't wait to get back to this amazing story. I found myself actually missing the characters when I finished the book.
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