Mitchell James Kaplan [brings] his impressive knowledge of history, composition, and the heart’s whims to bear on this shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin’s star-crossed love.” —Therese Anne Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of Z and A Good Neighborhood
“A lilting, jazzy ballad as catchy as a Gershwin tune…Rhapsody will have you humming, toe-tapping, and singing along with every turn of the page.” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network and The Huntress
One evening in 1924, Katharine “Kay” Swift—the restless but loyal society wife of wealthy banker James Warburg and a serious pianist who longs for recognition—attends a concert. The piece: Rhapsody in Blue. The composer: a brilliant, elusive young musical genius named George Gershwin.
Kay is transfixed, helpless to resist the magnetic pull of George’s talent, charm, and swagger. Their ten-year love affair, complicated by her conflicted loyalty to her husband and the twists and turns of her own musical career, ends only with George’s death from a brain tumor at the age of thirty-eight.
Set in Jazz Age New York City, this stunning work of fiction, for fans of The Paris Wife and Loving Frank, explores the timeless bond between two brilliant, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not just a body of work unmatched in popular musical history, but a woman who loved him with all her heart, knowing all the while that he belonged not to her, but to the world.
Kay, a wealthy banker’s wife, is introduced to George Gershwin. This leads to a 10 year affair. George is full of energy and the magnetic attraction between these two just could not be stopped. Through many twists and turns of his career and the pull of her marriage, these two manage a love affair for the ages.
What a unique story. I have not read many books about George Gershwin and this brought back tons of memories from my dancing days. What a great talent. And the author did a fabulous job with the research. I did feel it was a little wordy in places. But, I was captivated by George and Kay.
The setting of the jazz age, the unique characters and the wonderful story will keep you coming back for more. Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.