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Product Details

  • Paperback: 602 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1460904125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1460904121
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,592,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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, BiWomenBoston.org

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 blog.marilynjayelewis.com.

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Twilight of the Immortal is a must read.
Marcie Zeldin
Well researched and incredibly well executed.
Philippa Burgess
It's a book that induces laughter and tears.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philippa Burgess on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Hatford on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Thall on October 13, 2011
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Unlike her previous books, this is NOT erotica! This is a serious novel that should be enjoyed by the general public. The story is captivating. The characters are very strong and the book is hard to put down. I have the hard-bound edition and I just bought the e-book. It would make a fantastic movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcie Zeldin on May 2, 2011
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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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