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Unforgivable Love : A Retelling of Dangerous Liaisons

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In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses, it's the summer when Jackie Robinson breaks Major League Baseball's color barrier and a sweltering stretch has Harlem's elite fleeing the city for Westchester County's breezier climes, two predators stalk amidst the manicured gardens and fine old homes. Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel's smile and a heart of stone. She made up her mind long ago that nobody would decide her fate. To have the pleasure she craves, control is paramount, especially control of the men Mae attracts like moths to a flame. Valiant Jackson always gets what he wants-and he's wanted Mae for years. The door finally opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce her virginal young cousin, Cecily, who is engaged to Frank Washington. Frank values her innocence above all else. If successful, Val's reward will be a night with Mae. But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her civil rights attorney husband. Certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know that her worst mistake will be Val's greatest triumph.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 30mm | 367g
  • William Morrow Paperbacks
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062655655
  • 9780062655653
  • 1,375,684

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In this vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons dangereuses, it's the summer Jackie Robinson breaks baseball's color barrier and a sweltering heat has Harlem's elite fleeing the city for breezier Westchester County. There two schemers prowl the manicured gardens and fine old homes.

Heiress Mae Malveaux rules society with an angel's smile and a heart of stone, attracting men like moths to a flame. To have the pleasure she craves, strict control of her suitors is paramount.

Valiant Jackson has wanted Mae for years. The door opens for him when Mae strikes a bargain: seduce virginal young Cecily--engaged to Mae's ex-lover Frank Washington, who values Cecily's innocence above all else. If successful, Val's reward will be a night with Mae.

But Val secretly seeks another prize. Elizabeth Townsend is fiercely loyal to her church and her husband, a civil rights attorney. She is certain there is something redeemable in Mr. Jackson. Little does she know her most unforgivable mistake will be Val's greatest triumph.
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"Complicated characters, unbearable tension, heartbreak, and betrayal make Unforgivable Love an absorbing read. [...] Deeply poignant." -- Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of Hemingway's Girl "Unforgivable Love is an exquisite, sexy, beautifully imagined novel in which Sophfronia Scott expertly recasts the intrigues and characters of Dangerous Liaisons in Harlem of the late 1940s. [...] Both a virtuosic homage and a thrilling retelling--Unforgivable Love is a stunning accomplishment." -- Christine Sneed, author of The Virginity of Famous Men and Little Known Facts "At once beautiful and ominous, visceral and ethereal, tragic and fulfilling, Unforgivable Love is a genuinely moving novel [...] Sophfronia Scott has given us a book that will last, an elegant page turner that transcends time and place." -- Bret Lott, New York Times bestselling author of Jewel "Imagine Dangerous Liaisons set in 1940s Harlem, amidst the nascent civil rights movement, baseball, and jazz, and you have Sophfronia Scott's riveting novel Unforgivable Love.[...] I miss this world-and Scott's gorgeous prose already." -- Lori Ostlund, author of After the Parade "Unforgivable Love is lyrical and lush, enchanting and energetic. With botttomless empathy and loving attention to detail, Sophfronia Scott embraces a classic and makes it her own." -- Tayari Jones, author of Silver Sparrow and An American Marriage "Unforgivable Love is a fast-paced tale of intrigue, seduction, and betrayal. Sophfronia Scott leaves us breathless." -- Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever " [...] here is this eighteenth century French tale remade into a panorama of mid-century Harlem, America--full of brilliant characters, a tale of love and lust and treachery, written with the rhythms of jazz, giving forth beautifully rendered rooms and streets and sounds [...] better than the original." -- Richard Bausch, award-winning author of Before, During, After "Scott's wonderful, original retelling of Dangerous Liaisons takes readers deep into the lives of her characters; Mae, Val, and Elizabeth are riveting and complex. You won't be able to stop reading this terrific, absorbing book." -- Karen E. Bender, author of Refund, Finalist for the National Book Award
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About Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia Scott hails from Lorain, Ohio. She was a writer and editor at Time and People magazines before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.
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250 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 30% (75)
4 38% (96)
3 21% (52)
2 8% (21)
1 2% (6)
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