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Mary Sharratt for "Ecstasy"

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Join SubText Books in the store on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Mary Sharratt for “Ecstasy,” now out in paperback! Book signing to follow.


In “Ecstasy” by Mary Sharratt, Alma struggles with the tension between herself as a creative person in her own right and as the object of male desire. Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees?

Coming of age in a creative and cultural whirlwind, young, beautiful Alma Schindler yearns to make her mark as a composer. A brand-new era of possibility for women is dawning and she is determined to make the most of it. But Alma loses her heart to the great composer Gustav Mahler—nearly twenty years her senior—who demands that she give up her music as a condition of their marriage. Torn between romantic love and artistic passion, Ecstasy makes real Alma’s fight to remain true to herself and become a woman who would define and defy an era.

MARY SHARRATT, the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, is on a mission to write strong women back into history. Her novels include Daughters of the Witching Hill, the Nautilus award-winning Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen,The Dark Lady's Mask: A Novel of Shakespeare's Muse, and Ecstasy, about the life, loves, and music of Alma Mahler. She is an American who lives in Lancashire, England.  

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