HFVBT Presents Mitchell James Kaplan’s Rhapsody Paperback Cover Reveal, December 7-14

by Mitchell James Kaplan

Paperback Publication Date: December 7, 2021
Gallery Books
Paperback; 352 pages

Style: Biographical/Literary/Historic



“[A] shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin’s star-crossed love.” —Therese Anne Fowler, New York Instances bestselling writer

Within the vein of the New York Instances bestseller Loving Frank, this fascinating and compelling novel “may have you buzzing, toe-tapping, and singing together with each flip of the web page” (Kate Quinn, New York Instances bestselling writer) because it explores the decade-long relationship between the celebrated composer George Gershwin and gifted musician Katharine “Kay” Swift.

When Katharine “Kay” Swift—the stressed however loyal society spouse of rich banker James Warburg and a critical pianist who longs for recognition—attends a efficiency of Rhapsody in Blue by an excellent, elusive younger musical genius named George Gershwin, her world is turned the other way up. Transfixed, she’s helpless to withstand the magnetic pull of George’s expertise, allure, and swagger. Their ten-year love affair, sophisticated by her conflicted loyalty to her husband and the twists and turns of her personal musical profession, ends solely with George’s demise from a mind tumor on the age of thirty-eight.

Set in Jazz Age New York Metropolis, this beautiful work of fiction explores the timeless bond between two sensible, strong-willed artists. George Gershwin left behind not only a physique of labor unmatched in well-liked musical historical past, however a girl who cherished him with all her coronary heart, figuring out all of the whereas that he belonged to not her, however to the world.

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“Kaplan (By Fireplace, by Water) builds a fascinating world that includes musical giants George Gershwin and Kay Swift… This spellbinding and luminous story will linger in readers’ minds lengthy after the ultimate web page is turned.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred Overview)

“Snappy dialogue and plush prose deliver the Jazz Age to life as Kaplan takes readers from Harlem hire events to the stage lights of Broadway… A luxurious fictional account of a fancy real-life romance, this guide will stick in readers’ heads just like the melody of a favourite ballad.”– Booklist

“RHAPSODY does all of it. The novel flows as lyrically via Kaplan’s prose because the wail of the saxophones and crescendos of Gershwin’s keyboards. You may nearly hear the taxi horns and clopping hooves of carriage horses in Central Park via his phrases as you think about using down Park Avenue previous the towering edifices of lush mansions. As Kay turns into so absorbed in her performing as to be swept away from her viewers, I learn this guide underneath that very same captivation as minutes flowed into hours. Solely my noisy staff of hungry terriers might break my focus.”– Bookreporter.com

“Kaplan’s sweeping novel, spanning the years 1917 to 1937, portrays the lifetime of Kay Swift, one among Broadway’s first feminine composers, extracting her from the shadow of her colleague and lover, George Gershwin… The historical past is engrossing… Kaplan’s propulsive type imparts a momentum of its personal…The numerous disquisitions, on matters as different because the underpinnings of American anti-Semitism to the misappropriation of Black tradition by well-intentioned Whites, are fascinating and necessary… Our verdict: Get it.”- Kirkus

“A fancy and involving story… It’s troublesome to think about dwelling a extra unimaginable first half of a life than Swift’s, and Mitchell James Kaplan’s prose luxuriates in depicting her shocking and wildly inventive world.” – Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette

“Kaplan’s well-researched and well-crafted historic novel recreates the Twenties and ’30s, telling a mesmerizing story that examines their particular person and intersecting lives. He explores why, for Gershwin and Swift, ‘peculiar outcomes’ weren’t sufficient.” – Yale Alumni Journal

“Kaplan’s vivid prose and empathetic characterization shines a highlight on this outstanding girl who contributed a lot to American music.”—Melanie Benjamin, New York Instances bestselling writer of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and Mistress of the Ritz

“A luminous journey via the jazz age in fast-paced New York Metropolis… I used to be completely swept away.”—Stephanie Cowell, American Guide Award–successful writer of Claude and Camille and The Doctor of London

“Everyone knows Gershwin, however what number of know he was ‘the person behind the lady,’ the conflicted, extraordinary Katharine ‘Kay’ Swift? Mitchell James Kaplan illuminates her in Rhapsody, bringing his spectacular data of historical past, composition, and the center’s whims to bear on this shining rendition of Swift and Gershwin’s star-crossed love.”—Therese Anne Fowler, New York Instances bestselling writer of Z and A Good Neighborhood

“Mitchell James Kaplan’s Rhapsody shines a blazing mild on the celebrated George Gershwin, uncovering the person behind the legend via the story of the lady he cherished, Kay Swift, an excellent musician caught within the swiftly shifting mores of New York’s Jazz Age. Wealthy with historical past and filled with intricate element, Rhapsody soars.”—Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling writer of The Widow of Wall Avenue and Waisted

“Mitchell James Kaplan pens a lilting, jazzy ballad as catchy as a Gershwin tune, bringing to vibrant life the sophisticated relationship between classically skilled composer Kay Swift and freewheeling star George Gershwin. Their musical bond is as highly effective as their ardour, and jazz-soaked, gin-drenched Broadway is their playground via the tumultuous years of the Nice Conflict and Prohibition. Rhapsody may have you buzzing, toe-tapping, and singing together with each flip of the web page.”—Kate Quinn, New York Instances bestselling writer of The Alice Community and The Huntress

Concerning the Writer

Mitchell James Kaplan graduated with honors from Yale College, the place he received the Paine Memorial Prize for Greatest Lengthy-Type Senior Essay submitted to the English Division. His first mentor was the writer William Styron.

After school, Kaplan lived in Paris, France, the place he labored as a translator, then in Southern California, the place he labored as a screenwriter and in movie manufacturing.

He lives within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia along with his household and two cats.

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