Marilyn Jaye Lewis is an award-winning writer of cutting-edge fiction, memoirs, and essays. The author of numerous short stories and novellas, her career has thus far spanned two decades and her work has been translated into French, Italian, Japanese, German, and Spanish. Her many novels include Freak Parade, In the Secret Hours, and the work-in-progress Curse of Our Profound Disorder (winner of a New Century Writers Award and a finalist in the William Faulkner Writing Competition). Readers can find her on the web at blog.marilynjayelewis.com.
Twilight of the Immortal ($30 – Out of Print, ISBNs: 1460904125/ 9781460904121, LCCN: 2011902172, 5.06X7.81″, 602pp): tells the remarkable story of early Hollywood through the eyes of Rosemary McKisco, a wayward young heiress who throws in her lot with the great Alla Nazimova, the first openly lesbian star of stage and screen. Fleeing a respectable marriage to a wealthy Broadway producer on the eve of America’s entry into the Great War, Rosemary follows Nazimova to Hollywood, navigating her twilight world where women prefer women and men prefer men. It is the heyday of the Silent Era––a time of indulgent excess, of scandals and free love. For a shining moment, Rudolph Valentino reigns as the silver screen’s “Greatest Lover” and Rosemary is not immune to his magnetic charm. As his trusted confidante, she stands by him through the curses of his outrageous fortune––and barely survives his sudden, tragic death. By 1927, as Valentino’s infamous funeral fades from the daily headlines to become the less volatile stuff of legend, Rosemary makes her peace with Hollywood at last, but at what cost?