Memoirs of a Woman with Two Lovers

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In my historical novel of a changing American culture of the 1960s, I follow one woman, Anna, as she winds her way through the world of pop art, celebrity, and political icons. "Memoirs of a Woman with Two Lovers" sums up the conflicting emotions of the time, bringing together its idealism and its darker side. You especially won't want to miss how it ends!

Anna & Andy

Photo: Anna, right, and pop artist Andy Warhol.

Anna, as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, fully embraces the 1960s art scene. As she becomes emotionally invested in her impersonation, the line between art and reality begins to blur. Anna hopes to reconnect with Andy Warhol, her childhood friend. She may remember Andy as a former classmate, but he has become a legend in the art world.

As Anna tries to get closer to her famous friend, she's pursued by his aide, Nick Boxer, and art critic Ethan Saks. Anna hooks up with Nick and Ethan, and they soon become inseparable. She tries to cover over the agony of her past by transforming into a Marilyn Monroe doppelganger, but she soon discovers that won't protect her from heartbreak and other dangers.

Anna, a Marilyn Monroe double visits Warhol's first gallery opening in New York, exhibiting the Marilyn Monroe paintings. Paparazzi surround Anna, and Warhol is horrified in this historical fiction novel of the art scene in the 1960s.

Her quest began In 1962. Anna, the fictional character arrives in New York, and hopes to rekindle her friendship with her childhood playmate, Pop Artist, Andy Warhol, but ends in disaster. 

J.G. Rothberg writes a heart-wrenching novel with "Memoirs of a woman with Two Lovers," of love, intimacy, life spiraling quixotically, and an attempt to murder.

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About Memoirs of a Woman with Two Lovers. Historical Fiction of the 1960s Art Scene 

By J. G. Rothberg
(Copyright ©2018 by J.G. Rothberg. All rights reserved.)

My novel opens as Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy in Madison Square Garden. Hundreds of miles away in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the 32-year-old Anna is struck by Marilyn's beauty.

She has just buried her mother and suffered through her father's death three months before. She is now aware that she is all alone in the world. Marilyn is never alone.

Anna, as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike, fully embraces the 1960s art scene. As she becomes emotionally invested in her impersonation, the line between art and reality begins to blur. Anna hopes to reconnect with Andy Warhol, her childhood friend. She may remember Andy as a former classmate, but he has become a legend in the art world.

As Anna tries to get closer to her famous friend, she's pursued by his aide, Nick Boxer, and art critic Ethan Saks. Anna hooks up with Nick and Ethan, and they soon become inseparable. She tries to cover over the agony of her past by transforming into a Marilyn Monroe doppelganger, but she soon discovers that won't protect her from heartbreak and other dangers.

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.

In my period novel, 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.

Now as a Monroe double, she 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 Andy Warhol entourage; Ethan, the other lover, an art critic is an anxious lover, yet pushes his career to higher levels.

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 backdrop of Kennedy loves, won and lost with Monroe, Free Love, and Andy Warhol, 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 American history. "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. This historical novel is the author's third and most provocative novel, yet. 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.

Historical Fiction. The 1960s

I first met Andy Warhol in the early 1960s at the "Factory" on East 47th Street, NYC, where he painted, interviewed, accepted visitors, and hangers-on. Andy often said, he would believe he made it, when his paintings were in the permanent collection of that Museum. Sadly the painting was acquired after his death in 1987.

Marilyn Monroe Portraits

Above. Black, and white head shot of Marilyn Monroe, the publicity photo from the film "Niagara." Andy Warhol used this photograph for his Marilyn Monroe paintings, hanging in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. What is referred to as the Gold Marilyn, truly an iconic image, is in the permanent collection of MoMA.


Coming soon my fantasy novel, "Billy B. Gude, and the Escape from Elsinore Castle."

I've authored three novels: "The Esau Swindle", "Love Song for Montana Greene", and my latest, "Memoirs of a Woman with Two Lovers". Now that I've turned a page in my career, I invite you to check out my latest novel — order it today from Amazon Books, or Barnes & Noble.

You may also remember me from America's cutting-edge magazine that covered the rock 'n roll world for over four amazing decades. I was the founding publisher and editor of Circus Magazine, here in New York City, where many fantastic music journalists got their start.

Lita Ford

Author, J.G. Rothberg, at left with rock music performer Lita Ford

The magazine reached a lot of teenage readers, and young adults in those days with some of the best rock music journalism, and rock photography ever produced.

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.

Rothberg is the author of "The Esau Swindle," "Love Song for Montana Greene," the just-released “Memoirs of a Woman With Two Lovers," and the forthcoming fantasy novel "Billy B Gude, and the Escape from Elsinore Castle."


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