Serene

a novel of the Belle Epoque


Our world is in turmoil, but it’s all happened before. The Belle Époque, from the late 1800s to World War I, saw sumptuous wealth, dizzying technological development, revolutionary art, tectonic change in society, bitter - even deadly - political clashes, and the cataclysm of war.

My new novel shows how people in Paris, New York and Constantinople lived through the turmoil, rising to astonishing heights in society, fortune, fame and art; plummeting, enduring and surviving.

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Prince André, young, handsome, suave, the toast of the Parisian salons; the Dequaine family of Chicago, from modest roots to Mrs Astor’s New York ballroom and a château on the Loire; two young men from Constantinople, one Jewish, one Muslim, making their way, their lives and their fortunes in Paris, where the Belle Époque was changing the world.

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