Colin W. Sargent The Boston Castrato

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The Boston Castrato

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This book does for 1920s Boston what E.L. Doctorow did for New York in Ragtime: it grabs a city out of history, mixes in some fiction and makes it vivid. Be it the high style of Boston’s Parker House Hotel; the flagrant, fragrant set who dance attendance on the poet Amy Lowell; the scientists and shipbuilders and politicians and utter rogues who raise the city from the dirt; it all mmers into reality as an outsider leads us into its quaking heart. Raffi, a young Italian, is our guide. He left more than his country behind in Rome. Snipped by a bishop as the last castrato, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Forbidden to use his voice, other skills steal him into the society of 1920s Boston. Raffi enters the hardest quest of all--the search for a genuine love song.

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Colin W. Sargent is a novelist, poet, and founding editor and publisher of Portland Magazine. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he has an M.F.A. from Stonecoast and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Lancaster University.

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"The Boston Castrato’s real strengths lie in its characterization and how it weaves together subplots. Strong portrayals of crooked pols, hit men, imposters, gangsters, aspiring singers, and psychics barrel on to their dramatic conclusions." —Eve Ottenberg, Washington City Paper

"Weaving together a dizzying number of intersecting plots, Sargent captures the bustling excitement—and seedy grit—of early 1920s Boston . . . Sweeping and ambitious." —Kirkus Reviews

"Raffi’s multifaceted journey celebrates the strange and proves an endlessly entertaining ride through his world and the challenges he faces. From revenge, murder, lifelong rivalry, and love, little cannot be found in Sargent’s The Boston Castrato.” —Jackie Mohan, The Virginian Pilot

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