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Rosedale In Love (A Gilded Age Romance) by [Raphael, Lev]
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""Richly textured and darkly witty, Rosedale in Love explores the inner life of outsiders, to whom the hidden give-and-take of high society is a language to be struggled with, for whom external wealth and inner impoverishment go hand in hand. Lev Raphael catches the subtlety of Wharton's original, and enriches her exploration of a story in which love pulls against ambition, and shame is a daily taste in the mouth."
--Laurie R. King, author of Pirate King

"Beautifully written and absolutely absorbing, Rosedale in Love brilliantly captures an American era of fabulous wealth and fatuous prejudice."
--Lillian Faderman, author of Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers & Naked in The Promised Land

"Lev Raphael's novel of the Gilded Age pays homage to Edith Wharton and deftly nods to Henry James as it depicts the interplay of identity, wealth, and social standing in a society that demands reputation but objects to poverty even more than scandal."
--Elise Blackwell, author of An Unfinished Score

"When The House of Mirth is revisited from Simon Rosedale's perspective, the Gilded Age gives up still more of its secrets.  Lev Raphael explores many of the areas in which the period was over the top--from high fashion to high finance, from gastronomy to interior decoration--and the mix provides a great summer read."
--Joan DeJean, author of The Essence of Style

About the Author

Lev Raphael is a prize-winning author, reviewer, and blogger who has published nineteen books in a wide range of genres and been translated into a dozen languages. A former student of famed Wharton biographer Cynthia Griffin Wolff, Raphael has been reading Wharton for decades. He's written a highly regarded biography/critical study of Wharton, Edith Wharton's Prisoners of Shame, as well as a comic mystery delving into the politics around her reputation, The Edith Wharton Murders.  You can find him blogging at the Huffington Post on books and reviewing at the on-line literary magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 739 KB
  • Print Length: 265 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X2ILRA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As an admirer of Lev Raphael who has read all the mysteries starring Nick Hoffman, his two previous "serious" novels, his memoir "My Germany," and most of his essays and short stories, when Lev described his latest work, I immediately downloaded "Rosedale in Love" and eagerly read it. It is an amazing and brilliantly faceted gem of a book. Simon Rosedale, a Jew who is a wealthy financier of Gilded Age New York City, is mentioned 100 times by name in Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth" as an admirer of Lily Bart. Staying consistently in voice, Raphael recreates the parallel universes of the upper class society of the 400 and of the established and financially influential German Jewish families. In Wharton's account, you pity poor Rosedale as you pity poor Sherlock. In Raphael's account, you empathize with Rosedale the man and hope that Raphael will give him the happy ending he deserves.

Raphael is wonderfully precise in his choice of words. Kindle allowed me to check the definitions of words of whose meanings I was unsure, thus giving me a greater appreciation of his writing skills. This novel is one of the best he has written and I can without reservation recommend it to those who are familiar with his work (this is his 20th book) and to those who are "fans" of Austen, Trollope, and Wharton.
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Prediction: Lev Raphael's Rosedale in Love is sure to be the top pick of every book club in the country this fall. Enthralling and deeply sensitive, it does for the classic House of Mirth what Ahab's Wife and Wide Sargasso Sea do for the fiction which spawned them. It enabled me to understand and, yes, deeply love the controversial Jewish Wall Street financier, Simon Rosedale, who has often been accused of stock capitalistic mercenary motivation. It also satisfies the hunger of readers like me who love historical fiction but demand that it be realistic and devoid of obvious satire. Lev Raphael offers profound insight into the Gilded Age. His research into the period and his ability to bring it to life allowed me to window shop on a time and a place as I hastily clicked my Kindle through this warm and beautifully written love story. To me, it is the most unusual and valuable type of fiction: a history with a heart (not a bias).
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This novel is a delight to read. With its period voice and lush vocabulary, it perfectly captures the costumes, jewels, home decor and other set pieces of the ultra-rich who live in their own Society circle in New York City during the Gilded Age of the early 1900s. Lev's delightfully smooth narrative flow sweeps you along and immerses you in each scene as though you're an unnoticed wallflower, picking up on tidbits of conversation, nuances of facial expressions, and noting other slight gestures for the social import they carry.

Though the book seems to launch from Simon Rosedale's point of view, it is primarily through his adoring cousin Florence's eyes that we watch the interplay of emotions, pride, deceit and manipulation play out among the characters, bringing the story to a quick but satisfying end. It may have been Rosedale who thought he was in love, but really, he was loved all along and didn't know it until he had expunged his personal demons from the past and could then see his bountiful life through fresh new eyes.

I highly recommend this book, and the cover is beautiful to boot!
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When I was looking for a book to travel with, Rosedale in Love was recommended to me by a friend. I must confess to not having read the House of Mirth; so, the character of Rosedale and the object of his desire, Lily Bart, were new to me. But, even without a previous history with these characters, this book was an absolute gem. I am a fan of historical fiction, though I have been frequently disappointed by authors who write in a style or with a tone that simply feels too contemporary. I'm pleased to report that the author of Rosedale in Love, Lev Raphael, does not fall into this trap. Truly, it's as though he wrote Rosedale in Love at the turn of the 20th century, not the 21st. The book is painstakingly researched so the different set pieces all feel just right for the period. The dialogue is sharp and on target. And, the mood created by the author is true to the anxiety that accompanied the social and financial ascent of New York in the late 1800s. Indeed, Raphael's descriptions New York are so compelling that, to me, the city was another (important!) character in the story. I enjoyed my ride in the time machine to 1890s New York and I found myself rooting for Rosedale with each passing page. A splendid read!
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Lev Raphael retells the story of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth from the point of view of Lily Bart's suitor, the wealthy financier Simon Rosedale. The House of Mirth is my favorite of Wharton's novels. I need to read it again now, but when I last did, I remember rooting for Rosedale to win Lily's hand. Really, he was the solution to all her problems, if only she could have gotten over her old-timey class-ism and anti-Semitism long enough to accept him. In showing a fuller picture of Rosedale, I had thought Raphael would also show a more sympathetic picture of him, but alas, no. Despite his social outsider status (and perhaps because of his social ambition), Rosedale still comes across as one more person trying to possess and use Lily Bart for personal gain. He's romantically infatuated with her for sure, but he also views her as his ticket into society. Anyway, it's a rich, opulent read for House of Mirth fans, and we get a complex, engaging female character in the person of Rosedale's cousin Florence. We also get a good Gilded Age vocabulary lesson. I was using my Kindle's dictionary function on almost every page!
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