Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard


Temptation Rag

Coming in 2018

“The only reason I allowed you into my home this afternoon is because I wanted to tell you how much I despise you. I wanted to say all the things I’ve kept inside for so long. Things I’ve allowed to literally make me ill. But I’m finished with that now. I’ve finally realized that you were never, ever worth it.”

Seventeen-year-old May Convery, unhappy with her privileged life in turn-of-the-century New York City, dreams of becoming a poet. When she meets the talented young Mike Bernard, an aspiring concert pianist, she immediately falls in love. But after their secret liaison is discovered, neither is prepared for the far-reaching consequences that will haunt them for decades. As Mike abandons serious music to ruthlessly defend his hard-won title, Ragtime King of the World, May struggles to find her voice as an artist and a woman. It is not until years after their youthful romance, when they cross paths again, that they must finally confront the truth about themselves and each other. But is it too late?

The world of ragtime is the backdrop for a remarkable story about the price of freedom, the longing for immortality, and the human need to find forgiveness. From vaudeville’s greatest stars to the geniuses of early black musical theater, an unforgettable cast of real-life characters populates this richly-fictionalized historical saga.

 

 

 

 

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