""Richly textured and darkly witty, Rosedale in Love
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 Bibliobuffet.com