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What Memoirs of a Woman with Two Lovers is All About
News & Notes of March 22, 2018
In this period novel of the early 1960’s, Anna befriends two men, Nick and Ethan, both connected with the art world. Her obsession with Marilyn Monroe leads her to undertake a complete makeover in the hands of Tweetie, a clairvoyant, palm reading, hairdresser. With forays into music clubs in Greenwich Village with both her lovers, to taverns, and to watering holes, Anna elicits stares, and whistles as a Monroe doppelganger. At a Taylor Mead poetry reading, a transvestite grabs her crotch, and is surprised she is the real thing: a woman.
The novel is episodic, as a roommate attempts to poison Anna with plant leaves mixed into to her breakfast of waffles and strawberries. Nick her one lover is a drug addict, who spreads happiness and semen among various ladies in the Warhol entourage; Ethan, the other lover, an art critic is an anxious lover, yet pushes his career to higher levels.
A young man arrives toward the end of the enigmatic novel, a friend of Nick's from rehab, a musician, and guitarist who claims he's Andy Warhol's son, exploding another element to the story. We learned from the very first pages of Anna's childhood friendship with Warhol, that she had given birth to a boy, when she was sixteen, with the infant immediately sold for adoption. A life event Anna agonizes over throughout the pages of the novel. Eventually Anna's fate hangs on love, intimacy, and the good doctors who work to save her life. The story ends with a surprise emotional bang, as JFK is murdered in Dallas, and Anna lay in a coma in a hospital in New York.
"Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers" sums up the conflicting emotions of the time, bringing together its idealism, and its darker side. Written, against a perception of Kennedy loves, won and lost with Monroe, Free Love, and Andy Warhol, and for readers who yearn for a glimpse into the Pop Culture, and loves of the time. The novel intertwines fiction, historical figures, and the Zeitgeist for a perceptive look at Americana. "Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers" directs its story at adult readers of all ages; the historical novel delivers all this, with a good dose of eroticism thrown in for good measure.
J.G. Rothberg writes a heart-wrenching novel of love, intimacy, life spiraling quixotically, and an attempt to murder. You hold your breath; the pages fly and you are immersed in this roller coaster ride, down the slippery slope of a romance for all of us, and for all times. “Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers” is the author's third and most provocative novel, yet.
About me: J.G. (Gerald, Gerry, Jerry} Rothberg founded Circus Magazine, the legendary rock and roll publication and had been its editor and publisher for forty years. Visit the author’s website for more information. www.geraldrothberg.com
Rothberg is the author of "The Esau Swindle", "Love Song for Montana Greene", and the just released “Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers", and the forthcoming fantasy novel "Billy B Gude, and the Escape from Elsinore Castle".