A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams


An IndieNext July Pick, Barnes & Noble Top Ten Fiction for June

“Like catnip for The Great Gatsby” lovers…a gripping tale of scandal and hedonism.” – Washington Post

“Simply exquisite.” —Dawn Rennert, Concord Bookshop (Concord, MA)

“Impressive writing from a rising star in the literary world.” — Huffington Post

“Period-perfect prose…A certain age, acutely observed.” – Kirkus review



Full of the glamor, wit, and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’s fiction, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.

As the hedonism 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 young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, an aviator and a hero of the Great War.

Though the battle-scarred Octavian is devoted to his dazzling socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her, Theresa resists. The old world is crumbling, but divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing remains a high-stakes affair. And there is no need: she shares a gentle understanding with Sylvo, the well-bred philanderer to whom she’s already married.

That is, until Theresa’s impecunious younger brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with Miss Sophie Fortescue, the naïve young daughter of a wealthy inventor. Theresa enlists Octavian to check into the background of the reclusive Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the charming ingénue, even as he uncovers a devastating family secret.

As a fateful triangle forms, loyalties divide and old crimes are dragged into daylight, drawing Octavian into transgression…and Theresa into the jaws of a bittersweet choice.

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The New York Herald-Tribune celebrates the launch of Beatriz’s upcoming novel with an issue devoted to all things A Certain Age.

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Book Reviews


“A world filled with elegance, charm, and bygone manners … No-one does it better than Beatriz’ Jane Green Praise for Beatriz Williams: ‘Summer of 1938: A scandalous love triangle and a famous hurricane converge… a perfect storm.’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ‘A fantastic summer read’ HELLO ‘Delightful and rewarding from an author to watch’ WE LOVE THIS BOOK ‘Williams’ historical masterpiece is an all-encompassing, period-perfect read.’ RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) ‘[A] fast-paced love story…the scorching sun illuminates a friend’s betrayal and reignites a romance’ O, The Oprah Magazine ‘A candidate for this year’s best beach read – the period story of a derailed love affair seen through a sequence of summers.”
Kirkus Book Reviews
“Deliciously scandalous and elegantly written, A Certain Age is a dazzling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier, and a thoroughly satisfying love story.”
Shelf Awareness
“Williams has a gift for creating fascinating storylines, memorable characters and allowing the atmosphere of the era to permeate every page. The jazz age becomes the colorful, sophisticated, glamorous setting for a tale based on Straus’ opera, “Der Rosenkavalier.” Told in alternating heroines’ voices, Williams describes this new world, with its high energy and optimism, yet she also demonstrates how the old standards are upheld. This transporting novel is as hard to put down as any Williams has written.”
RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick
“A rousing, enjoyable read… Williams’ historic details and detailed descriptions only add to the decadence. New money, old money and intrigue make for a lot of lively fun.” 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A Jazz Age tale as intoxicating as a bathtub martini…[I]t says something that a reader is put in mind of Fitzgerald after reading A Certain Age. It says something good.” 
Washington Independent Review of Books

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