A Certain Age was a ok read and I kept getting lost in arts of the story I felt like i skimmed through a lot of the sections because i was losing interest For that reason I m giving it 2 stars Oh well Well this is a cool little number from Ms Beatriz Williams a snazzy author I just rediscovered I ve read One Hundred Summers but this novel about the 1920 s jazz age and everything we hoped went with it held my attention so much better Wealthy 5th Avenue socialites their affairs Long Island summer homes horse racing etc They were doing it all well before we were all born and they did it with such casual accomplishment as if it were their birthright It s so amusing that every generation thinks they discovered sex alcohol Lancelot parties etc No wonder myarents just smiled at the sixties and seventies The same old just in a different way less clothes and longer hair But now it was their children out there Fast forward to Scorch present day and the millennials are having their way with the world Our kidsAnyway this book is marvelous witty sexy sneaky and mysterious Bonus is the journalist of that era Helen Rowland whose uotes introduce each chapter I want a book about her 35 starsTelling lies is a fault in a boy an art in a lover an accomplishment in a bachelor and second nature in a married man Helen RowlandBeatriz William s newest novel A Certain Age is a loose reinterpretation of Richard Strauss s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier which was firsterformed in 1911 But Williams sets her twist of this story in New York during the roaring 20 s Williams explains in her author s note that the opera was meant to enact a struggle between old and new old money and new money Labour Markets, Identities, Controversies physical maturity and youththe mainlot being a rivalry between a beautiful young innocent and a lady of a certain age over the lady s much younger lover And her novel really showcases that especially taking Marrane Et Marronne: La Co-Ecriture Reversible D Andre Et de Simone Schwarz-Bart place in the 1920 s where there was a ton of conflict between tradition and modernism The 20 s were a time of great change for the world as a whole but especially here in America Things that were unheard of just years ago are suddenly becoming the new normsuch as divorce and women working outside of the home Therohibition is going on hemlines are being raised automobiles are already clogging up traffic and returning soldiers are still struggling with memories of WW1 But Williams takes a bit of liberty with her retelling adding in the suspense of a murder mysteryThe novel opens with an article dated May 29th of 1922 of a woman reporting on the Trial of the Century The details aren t made clear right away as to who s on trial and what the crime was but we get snippets of the article s reports throughout the book The rest alternates between the POVs of Mrs Theresa Marshall our lady of a certain age and Miss Sophie Fortescue a sheltered daughter to a newly wealthy inventor Sophie lives with her father and her older sister Virginia along with Virginia s young daughter Evelyn Virginia s husband is very much absent in Florida trying to establish a life before he sends for his wife and daughter Their POV opens a bit earlier than the article on the second day of 1922 We meet Theresa s young lover Octavian Rofrano They met after he had just returned from the War where he was a This Deleuzian Century pilotHe is twenty two years old my Boy and therefore a man in the eyes of his almighty Lord God and of the law He looks like a man all the now than when I first saw him That was the summer of 1920 a year and a half ago and he was a man in a boy s skin let me tell you aerfect Women's Romantic Theatre and Drama: History, Agency, and Performativity pink cheeked Boyo young lips and old eyesOctavian wants nothing than for Theresa to divorce her husband and to bear him children and marry him He is thus far uite devoted to herA bachelor never uite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever Helen RowlandThen Theresa s brother Jay Oschner an infamous bachelor shocks everyone byroposing marriage at last To Miss Sophie Fortescue As an old family tradition though he Tell Me What You Want proposes through a cavalier He goes to his dear sister to ask for her assistance inroviding said suitable cavalier and she Water in Social Imagination: From Technological Optimism to Contemporary Environmentalism persuades Octavian to do it and to also check into the Fortescues since they seem to be a bit reclusive Ever since Eve started it all by offering Adam the apple woman sunishment has been to supply a man with food and then suffer the conseuences when it disagrees with him to supply a man with food and then suffer the conseuences when it disagrees with him RowlandWhen Octavian and Sophie meet there seems to be an instant connection between the two Loyalties are split as a triangle of a sort forms Octavian also happens to discover a secret that members of the Fortescue family have been hiding and the revelations are soon to come to light very ubliclyBefore marriage a man "declares that he would lay down his life to serve you after "that he would lay down his life to serve you after he won t even lay down his newspaper to talk to you Helen RowlandAnd throughout the novel at the beginning of each new chapter we have a great uote from Helen Rowland who Williams mentioned in her author s note was a journalist who wrote a opular column called Reflections of a Bachelor Girl a century ago I completely agree with Williams observation that her uotes are an interesting insight into the changing social times at the turn of the century but it s funny how a lot of her wisdom still holds true todayThis one kept me guessing until the very end too I didn t see the twist coming until it was right before me and I was a bit surprised at the ending of this book I was left unsatisfied with Virginia s endingbut am hoping that maybe Williams urposely left it that way as a set up for a future bookmuch in the same way she set up her series about the Schuyler sistersAnd speaking of the Schuyler sOne of the things that I love about Williams books are that we see familiar characters from revious books in each one This is no exception In this book we get to see Julie Schuyler who has been a constant in every book I ve read by Williams but not as the grand older woman that we know and love In this glimpse of Julie she s in her early twenties and living life to the fullest It was so fun to get that glimpse of her so different than what I m used to when envisioning her character And she s not the only familiar one we get a glimpse ofOf the character s in this book Theresa was my favorite by far Through her reminiscing we get the story of how she and Octavian met and started their love affair along with her life before he came along Her choice at the end really surprised me and I would love to see of her in future booksI couldn t connect with Sophie muchshe s ortrayed as this innocent young girl green to the ways of the world but she came across as much different than that most of the time I didn t really sense any chemistry between her and Octavian their relationship just seemed too sudden and a bit forcedI adored the setting having not read a lot of fiction set in the 1920 s williams still remains one the 1920 s Williams still remains one my favorite authors and I hope she s already at work on her next book Falling in love with a younger man while you are still married and then having a younger woman come along wasn t the best thing to happen to Mrs Theresa MarshallA CERTAIN AGE began with an excerpt from a murder trial then moved to alternating chapters and told of the life of high society and how they adapted social rotocol to whatever they wantedWe follow Mrs Marshall Mr Marshall Captain Rofrano and Miss Fortescue in the scandalous antics they were all involved in Decisions had to be made and Sophie Fortescue had the most difficult decision even though her father was the one that would be making the decision about who she was to marryMs Williams again Molotov Mouths: Explosive New Writing perfectlyortrays the time eriod and how women in wealthy families really didn t have a choice about choosing their spouse After the marriage roposal was made an investigation into the Fortescue family adds another layer to the book The Fortescues are not who they say they are and a house that Mr Rofrano grew up in was All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence part of their se. The bestselling author of A Hundred Summers brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in this enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue romance and scandal in New York Society brimming with lush atmosphere striking characters and irresistible charmAs the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City the iridescent Mrs Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton Long Island has done the unthinkable she’s fallen in love with her youngaramour Captain Octavian Rofrano a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War An intense and deeply honorable man Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her While ti. CretOnce the secret was revealed and Sophie Fortescue was outspoken the book heated up with an ending that was oh so good with an unexpected twist I enjoyed the characters but Mrs Marshall and Mr Fortescue were my least favorites Mr Fortescue was too controlling and Mrs Marshall was too sneaky for meA CERTAIN AGE was beautifully written as all of Ms Williams books even though it took me a while to get connected but it was still enjoyableThe book s cover is stunning and the book is atterned after an opera titled Der Rosenkavalie ENJOY if you read A CERTAIN AGE 45 A Certain Ageby Beatriz WilliamsLet me begin by lacing a few key hrases before youhedonism of the Jazz Age in New York CityCaptain Octavian Rofrano BOY honorable devoted war hero battle scarred aramour of the flamboyant Mrs Theresa MarshallMiss Sophie Fortescue naive charming ingenue advancing and retreating on the fringes of the Roaring 20 sAs a fateful triangle forms loyalties divide and old crimes are dragged into daylight drawing Octavian into transgressionand Theresa into the jaws of a bittersweet choicepublisher s noteThis is an excellent rendering of the jazz age in NYC and the colorful characters dabbling in conventional and forbidden ursuits45 If you know anything about me by now it is that I have drank of the Beatriz Williams Kool Aid Williams has a magical way of transporting you to the defining times of our nation s history by creating characters that deftly tell a story that not only encompasses the culture of that era but also subtly reveals what it meant to be a woman at that Cybercrime and Digital Forensics: An Introduction point in history A Certain Age takes us to the roaring 1920s Manhattan The times they are a changin Women are becoming bolder clothes are becoming scantier jazz is being born and booze is supposedly becoming scarcer It is a city on the verge of cultural change At least among the 5th Avenue eliteMrs Theresa Marshall is the ueen of the elite Appearances are everything and she maintains them with her husband even while falling uite desperately in love or at least in infatuation with the much younger war hero Octavian Rofrano But she unwittingly changes the entire trajectory of her entire happiness when she sends her lover to serve as the cavalier for her brother Ox toresent Ox s roposal to the almost scandalously young and certainly scandalously wealthy Miss Sophie Fortescue Family secrets Unsolved murders Discreet affairs Steamy romanaces Women challenging the role into which society has igeonholed them All leading up to the murder trial of the century A Certain Age is told from the alternating The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability perspectives of Theresa and Sophie The former being a woman of a certain age jaded by life eyes open to the realities of social standing and the associated expectations The latter a doe eyed and sheltered young woman who still bows to the expectations of her father and lacks the life experience to uestion if she wants If she deserves Without a doubt Theresa was myreferred One Small Step: An Anthology of Discoveries point of view She had a self confidence edged with just a touch of insecurity and she had no delusions of what was expected of her in society Stand by her husband keep her lover discrete She was smart than a little manipulative and completely unapologetic I adored her Sophie s naivet wore a bit thin at times for me but she ended up being the one who cast off the mantel of 1920s woman and stepped into the future These two women were two sides of the same coin one who despite her best efforts could not break free of the mold and the other who seemed born to leave it behind The one aspect that fell short of Ms Williams s other books was the entwined mystery There is a trial that is alluded to in flash forward news columns and Sophie has a mysterious childhood and recluse father but I was not drawn into that storyline It was interesting and I realized we were being led toward the resolution but I was way interested in reading about Theresa and Octavian The general outlines of the mystery were not shrouded in obscurity and the big twist was not as shocking as I know Ms Williams is capable of Intriguing at bestFinally we see some of familiar faces and names as are woven throughout Ms Williams s other books the Schuylersarticularly Julie the van der Wahls At this oint I would love a friendfamily tree to see how all of these novels iece together to tell an EPIC STORY OF THE SCHUYLERSOVERALL ANOTHER story of the SchuylersOverall another novel by Beatriz Williams full of glitz glamour and romance Thank you to Edelweiss for roviding an advanced copy of A Certain Age in exchange for my honest review When the girls admire him a young man takes it as a matter of course but when a widow selects him for her attention he thrills with the knowledge that he is being stamped with the approval of a connoisseur Helen RowlandWell Mrs Theresa Marshal 44 is no widow She shares a 5th Avenue residence and a lovely lace in Southampton with her very much alive husband Sylvester Octavian Rofrano the 22 year old she often refers to as Boyo manages to rove with some freuency and energy that he is even alive than the senior man in Theresa s life Marshall is goofy for her flyboy Rofrano being late of World War I although a lot less late than most of his fellow ilots She is stuck on him enough to have begun having notions of them taking it on the lam together If only life were so simpleBeatriz Williams from her FB Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark Tales from the Ballpark: More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told More of the Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told pagesThere is theroblem of Sophie Fortescue 19 an heiress to a successful if somewhat reclusive inventor father mom having reached a bad end many years back She is a mechanically inclined chip off the old engine block and an object of extreme affection for Theresa s brother Jay is not as far along in years as his sister but is Isocrates I (The Oratory of Classical Greece, vol. 4) past his first bloom An erstwhile man about town he is eager to marry young Sophie and secure not only the companionship of a beautiful and vivaciousartner but the not insignificant advantage of her considerable inheritance Theresa engages young Rofrano for him to act the cavalier and Robot Programming: A Practical Guide to Behavior-Based Robotics present young Sophie with Jay s formal reuest for her hand andresumably the rest of her "in marriage But seeing Sophie sparks something in young Rofrano Complications ensueWe are introduced to the goings on by a gossip "marriage But seeing Sophie sparks something in young Rofrano Complications ensueWe are introduced to the goings on by a gossip for the New York Herald Times It is May 1922 and nom de Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Powerful Internal and External Communications plume Patty Cake fills us in on what looks like the crime of the century in Greewich CT a juicy case in which The Patent King is on trial for his life his daughters The Patent Princesses in attendance Ms Cakeops in from time to time to update us on the Versailles progress of the trial and to add a third voice enough to helplait the Theresa and Sophie threads into a lovely braid LOVE the uest marriage the conuest divorce the inuest Helen RowlandPatty is a fun element but the star of this show is Theresa Marshall I kept hearing the voice of Lady Mary from Downton Abbey albeit it with an American accent Lest one think of her as maybe too modern a woman it should be borne in mind that the 20s was not called Roaring for nothing It was a time of change Boundaries were being ushed Sophie is considered daring because she wants to work for her living instead of being a rize awarded to the highest bidder Theresa takes advantage of the daring culture of the day to match her The Mystery of the Two-Toed Pigeon philandering mate for a change inartaking of the world Octavian confronts considerable survivor guilt having made it through the vagaries of The Great War while having lost so many of his fellow flyers Everybody seems to be going through life at automobile speed nowadays but alas there are no sentimental garages by Life s wayside at which we may obtain a fresh supply of emotions Rack Ruin purchase a new thrill oratch up an exploded ideal Helen RowlandThe title refers not only to the chronological status of Theresa Marshall and the MayDecember couplings of Jay with Sophie and Theresa s hubby with his latest young thing but the times themselves Williams offers a nifty look at the 1920s eppering her novel with elements of the dynamic culture and the odd. Mes are changing and she does adore the Boy divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the uestion and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo her generous and well respected hilanderer husbandBut their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother Ox decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor Engaging a longstanding family tradition Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier resenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended Miss Sophie Fortescue and to check into the background of the little known Fortescue family When Octavian meets Sophie he fal. Sign ost Ty Cobb and his infamous demeanor are tossed across the stage early on Man O War thunders ast in a back story role bringing Octavian and Theresa together That relatively new fangled automotive device comes in for some use as well Here is a nice How to Be Alone passage that gives a sense of much of this era capturing The bartender The bar So forbidden and masculine an unimaginablelace for a girl to find herself alone until now Until suddenly boys and girls are going to saloons together and they aren t called saloons any A whole new vocabulary is springing up overnight it seems like mushrooms or crocuses all clustered around the underground slaking of illegal thirst and it seems the illegal the thirst is the ordinary and acceptable it s become to slake it in mixed company among strangers And the vocabulary has something to do with that doesn t it Hooch speakeasy blotto Silly words trivializing the laws they re breaking Trivializing everything in the world I love how Williams Racial Theories In Context posilutelyicks up the sudden societal unsteadiness that followed the horror of war as the world tried once to regain its balance It is utting her story in the context of a time of great upheaval made manifest in her characters that raises it from a retty good novel with a sparkling character in Theresa to something higher Love is like appendicitis you never know when nor how it is going to strike you the only difference being that after one attack of appendicitis your curiosity is Cigarette Kisses perfectly satisfied Helen Rowland And if that s not enough you might think it s the bees knees that the story is based on the German opera Der Rosenkavalier The name Octavian Rofrano is lifted whole from that The Marshcallin Princess Marie Therese von Werdenberg becomes Theresa Marshall Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau has become Theresa s brother usually called Ox Sophie remains Sophie Williams added the murder mystery element to move things along as thelot of her source material was a bit thin It is no surprise that she finds inspiration in the classics Williams was raised in Ashland Oregon and was exposed early on to a regular diet of Shakespeare and some of the refined forms of ublic entertainment offered in that notable college town After marriage a woman s sight becomes so keen that she can see right through her husband without looking at him and a man s so dull that he can look right through his wife without seeing her Helen RowlandOne of the truly delightful elements of this novel is that every one of the 27 chapters is introduced by a deliciously cynical well most are anyway uote from Helen Rowland And if the name is unfamiliar you are in good company Rowland wrote a column called Reflections of a Bachelor Girl for The New York World in the early art of the 20th century I have included in EXTRA STUFF a link to the Gutenberg editions of one of her books of collected wit and wisdom A Guide to Men and sprinkled into this review some Rowland uotes taken not from the book under review but from Rowland s opus to give you a taste A Certain Age is a fun read It oints out some of the gender issues coming to the fore at the time It notes how ossibilities for women in both work and love were constraining and loosening But that is understructure The characters are fun to follow with Theresa standing above the rest and Patty Cake offering some extra spice You may be reminded of A Little Night Music although with fewer jokes The mystery element keeps the story moving along uite nicely I would be shocked if this is not one of the major summer reads of 2016 A Certain Age is an ageless read and a certain joy Review first Gutsy Girls: Young Women Who Dare posted March 5 2016Publication June 28 2016EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author sersonal Twitter and FB Organizations As Knowledge Systems pagesThis is Williams seventh novel Her books tend toward the historical and the romantic Usually I gag at such things but I was able to manage this one uite nicely My review of Williams 2017 release Cocoa BeachNovember 14 2016 A Certain Age is named to Kirkus s list of the bestopular fiction of 2016The internet Guide to Jazz Age Slang came in handyProject Gutenberg Editions of Helen Rowland s A Guide to Men I am always fascinated by well written books that take Little Scarlet (Easy Rawlins place during the 1920 s It was an exceptional time between two warsrohibition the old guard and the new struggling to find a way to share the same space Beatriz Williams book exemplifies those times and struggles and in a way that is so real it is almost ainful at times There was a oint where I almost couldn t bear the fact that some eople in this story would not get what they wanted that they would be forever marked or even destroyed in the very intimate battles of the war between the various lovers I wanted them all to win all "of the characters drew my empathy for one reason or another "the characters drew my empathy for one reason or another on a lay that I have never seen nor experienced this up dated version of the story with a twist finely woven in should have a film based on it but only if they can find actors who can do justice to the nuances of the characters A great story that I recommend to
"Everyone Who Enjoys Historical Fiction "who enjoys historical fiction is extremely well written I discovered Beatriz Williams work as I was about to fly abroad on vacation In my final misguided attempt to only travel with e books I romptly had a anic attack after clearing security and raced into the nearest airport bookstore to load up my carry on with aper copies I bought THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT on a whim because the remise intrigued me and devoured it while on the beach Addicted I then scoured the local bookstore for of her books which I fortunately foundIn A CERTAIN AGE Williams evokes the champagne shimmer and razor cut sophistication of Steam Heat post WWI 1920s Manhattan as the craze for bootleg liuor and freedom seeps into the calcified upper echelons of Fifth Avenue society Theresa Marshall lives aosh life in a long term marriage that has a time honored arrangement both she and her husband are conducting discreet mutually respectful affairs Though Theresa is a woman of a certain age wealth and The Literary Language of Shakespeare prestige have cocooned her in unimpeachable bare backing beauty and she attracts the attention of the Boy aka Octavian a brooding formerilot whose heroic endeavors during the war have assisted him to bypass the rigid entry rules of the upper class landing him a helpful atron and stock broker job His sinewy hysiue and tight lipped attitude Old Electrical Wiring: Evaluating, Repairing, and Upgrading Dated Systems prove irresistible to the intrepid Mrs Marshall who tries to set him up as her toy only to find herself falling uncontrollably and uncomfortably in love with himWhen Theresa s dissipated brother sets his sights on Sophie a seemingly naive heiress of new money Theresa dispatches her Boy toresent her brother s marriage roposal in an old fashioned act of cavalier manipulation that will upend everyone s fragile existence Boy and Sophie discover unexpected rapport within a secret and the unsolved mystery of a murder unravels with startling conseuences for all involvedNarrated in the alternate POVs of Theresa and Sophie Beatriz Williams is at the top of her game here She evokes the intimate socially incestuous world of old New York and its clash with the burgeoning riches forged by middle class enterprise as well as the struggle toward feminist liberation within the framework of two very different women who must decide who they want to be in the waning glory of a certain age Sophie and Theresa mesmerize with their opposing views twin sides of the same coin that can never be fully reconciledSteeped in wit and glamour riddled with the fractures of a crumbling time and lace A CERTAIN AGE is gloriously readable transcending the cliched boundaries of so called women s fiction 35 Stars Entertaining but not as riveting as the other books by Beatriz Williams that I ve read I didn t really connect with the characters I would have enjoyed it if the main story had been about the murder mystery but overall I liked A Certain Age and Beatriz Williams continues be a favorite author of mine. Ls under the spell of the Being Vegan pretty ingénue even as he uncovers a shocking family secret As the love triangle of Theresa Octavian and Sophierogresses it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties dangerous revelations and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choiceFull of the glamour wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction and alternating between Sophie’s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New Yo.