Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard


Praise & Reviews

“An unusual, exciting and turbulent time comes alive in Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard’s talented hands. Fascinating real-life characters make Temptation Rag an emotional and page-turning story of passion, ambition and desire.”MEGAN CHANCE, bestselling author of Bone River and Inamorata

“May Convery, a wealthy New Yorker of the Victorian era, and Mike Bernard, an aspiring pianist of another class, cross paths and fall in love. The author gives us all the details of a country changing at the turn of the century and the people who encounter racism, corruption, and women’s desire for the vote. It’s a great literary history lesson and a captivating tale based on tremendous research and on family history. The poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, a sensitive African-American writer of the era, are incorporated and add fluidity. A ground-breaking novel, and a story we haven’t heard, that will leave the music of ragtime ringing in your ears!”
MARCIA FINE, award-winning author of Paper Children: An Immigrant’s Legacy

“Terrific historical research and deft writing provide a striking portrait of racial and gender inequality in the ragtime era. An unforgettable and deeply human story.”
—FREDRIC TULSKY, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist and cofounder of Injustice Watch

“Ms. Bernard weaves her knowledge of music (both classical and ragtime) with true historical characters and fictionalized ones into a syncopated symphony of human drama. Through her deft use of character-specific dialogue and seamless descriptions of fashion and architecture, the author wields her literary baton in an efficient and impassioned manner, placing us comfortably (and for the 21st century reader, sometimes, uncomfortably) in the United States from 1895 to 1929. I recommend Temptation Rag for readers interested in the inner-workings of early 20th century America, historically popular music, and the human soul.”
KATHRYN WOOD, author of Sea Snow: the gentle haunting of a 19th century lighthouse

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