The Boston Castrato by Colin W. Sargent

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The sheer number of characters can make the novel somewhat difficult to track, but the reward is a richly atmospheric melodrama that resonates. Sweeping and ambitious.
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Raffi left more than Rome behind. Snipped by a bishop as a boy, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Forbidden to use his voice, he explores other gifts that steal him into the society of Boston’s gangsters, necromancers, and the wild crew surrounding the poet Amy Lowell as he searches for a genuine love song. From high poetry to low skulduggery, the city builds and takes shape around him. Raffi enters the hardest quest of all – the search for a genuine love song. What E. L Doctorow’s Ragtime did for New York, The Boston Castrato does for 1920s Boston. 'In exuberant and yet precise prose, Colin Sargent conjures a sweeping tale of love, murder, and revenge'. - Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train.
 

About Colin W. Sargent

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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.
 
Published October 3, 2015 by Barbican Press. 330 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jul 31 2016

The sheer number of characters can make the novel somewhat difficult to track, but the reward is a richly atmospheric melodrama that resonates. Sweeping and ambitious.

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