The Notorious Dr. August
His Real Life and CrimesBook - 2000
Covering sixty years, from the American Civil War through the 1920s, a compelling novel follows Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, a musician, on his journey through love, race, class, and spirituality.
Spanning more than sixty years from the Civil War to the early 1920s, and moving from the battlefields of the South to New York City, through Paris, London, Constantinople, and Coney Island, The Notorious Dr. August features Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd, alias Dr. August, an improvisational pianist who believes his music is sometimes inspired by the spirit world.
He is in love with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave who only sporadically returns his affections and who himself successfully woos Alice Pangborn, a rather prim white governess. The three, locked in a strange and often painful love triangle, travel the world--until a horrible tragedy forces them all to examine the choices they have made and shakes up their relationships in ways none of them could have predicted.
Rich in historical detail and musical knowledge, The Notorious Dr. August is a brilliantly written exploration of race, class, spirituality, and sexuality -- and of what it really means to love another.
In a novel spanning sixty years, from the American Civil War through the 1920s, pianist Augustus Fitzwilliam Boyd finds himself caught up in a painful love triangle with Isaac Kemp, an ex-slave, and Alice Pangborn, a prim white governess.