The Other La Boheme

The Other La Boheme

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The Other La Bohème is literary fiction that depicts the lives and loves of four friends who pursue opera singers' careers in present-day New York City. Jennifer (soprano), Stephanie (mezzo-soprano), Henry (tenor), and John (baritone) met in music school in Manhattan, where they performed Puccini's famous opera La Bohème at their graduation concert. After graduation they banded together as a group called the Dolci Quattro, pledging to support one another in their professional pursuits. Several years later, they have landed the roles of Mimi, Musette, Marcello, and Rodolfo in the nearly forgotten opera La Bohème by Leoncavallo--known as "the other La Bohème"--which is to be produced by the New York Bel Canto Opera. The novel begins with arias and a duet sung by Henry and Stephanie in the Café Momus. Jennifer and John come in, and they congratulate each other on their new roles. Immediately, though, the thoughts of the current state of their personal lives cool their enthusiasm. As the story unfolds, Jennifer discovers that her fiancé, Richard, an investment banker and a fiction writer, is having an affair with another woman. Stephanie struggles to find a steady love, while perturbed by a strained relationship with her father, a billionaire hedge fund manager, who abandoned her late mother. Henry faces a pressure from his family to renounce his bohemian life for a more respectful career as he meets his new love, Christine, a poet. John receives a summons for divorce from the lawyer of his wife Michelle, a painter. Set in the rich artistic backdrop of New York City, the Dolci Quattro's lives and loves go through ups and downs in joy and despair, while true to their pledge they give one another much-needed moral support. As the opening night nears, the Dolci Quattro make their utmost efforts to perfect their singing for the opera that will determine their future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 9mm | 498.95g
  • English
  • 1483591980
  • 9781483591988

About Yorker Keith

Yorker Keith lives in Manhattan, New York City. He loves literature, theatre, classical music, opera, and art. He holds an MFA in creative writing from The New School. His literary works have been recognized four times in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition as a finalist or a semifinalist. His debut novel, Remembrance of Blue Roses, is praised by reviewers, such as: A skillful tale that explores relationship nuances and redemption. -- Kirkus Reviews Yorker Keith's Remembrance of Blue Roses is a slow-burning, passionate literary novel that speaks to the romantic in all of us. ... A precisely-written, well-crafted literary work that illuminates the many facets of love, obsession and, ultimately, redemption. -- Chanticleer Book Reviews A gem of a novel, providing a deep and satisfying journey with flesh-and-blood characters, excellent writing that occasionally soars to memorable heights, and a fearless exploration of the complexity of falling in love with a person who, while irresistible and reciprocal, is also attached to a dear friend who deserves loyalty. Highly recommended! -- The Columbia Review Author Yorker Keith weaves an intriguing storyline against the backdrop of the United Nations organization which follows the lives of Hans and Yukari, a married couple, and Mark, their close companion, as they discover the tether to the past that ties them to each other. ... Throughout the threesome's unconventional relationship in Remembrance of Blue Roses, Keith's credibility is heightened by his adroit storytelling approach. There is no moment when skepticism or disbelief overshadows the probability of this friendship. The premise that three people can love one other unconditionally and without enmity is a theme from which Keith does not stray. Uniquely well written, Remembrance of Blue Roses is a contemporary window into the characters' lifestyles, which will remain indelible as the beauty of a blue rose. -- Pacific Book Review With themes of sacrifice and the search for beauty amid tragedy, this novel lingers in idealism. -- Foreword Reviews A deftly crafted, multi-layered, compelling read from beginning to end, Remembrance of Blue Roses establishes novelist Yorker Keith as an extraordinarily gifted storyteller. -- Midwest Book Review Readers who enjoy a sophisticated and well-written book about the complexity of human relationship will definitely enjoy Remembrance of Blue Roses. -- Readers' Favorite Remembrance of Blue Roses by Yorker Keith is about loyalty, friendship, and love. The story swept me off my feet and into a beautiful yet sad tale. The ending brought back a little bit of peace to my heart. ... Yorker Keith's writing has a way of drawing readers into his world of fiction. I couldn't stop reading once I opened the novel. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere. -- Urban Book Reviews https: //urbanbookreviewsrus.wordpress
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62 ratings
3.5 out of 5 stars
5 24% (15)
4 23% (14)
3 35% (22)
2 15% (9)
1 3% (2)
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