The Temple of Music
By Jonathan Lowy
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307209849, 416pp.)
Publication Date: December 27, 2005
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In a starkly divided America, a Republican president seeks reelection in the afterglow of a controversial war. He is bankrolled by millionaires, with every step of his career orchestrated by a political mastermind. While terrorists plot the assassination of world leaders, a lonely, disturbed revolutionary stalks the President. . . .
It all happened. One hundred years ago. It all comes to life in The Temple of Music.
A vivid, gripping historical novel, The Temple of Music re-creates the larger-than-life characters and tempestuous events that rocked America at the turn of the century. It tells the tales of murder and romance, of robber barons, immigrants, yellow journalists, and anarchists, all centering around one of the most fascinating and mysterious events in American history: the assassination of President William McKinley. Sweeping in scope, The Temple of Music is a rare literary achievement that intertwines history and fiction into an indelible tapestry of America in the Gilded Age.
Jonathan Lowy is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Elvis and Nixon. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and children. This is his second novel.
"A big, bold, and absolutely breathtaking work of historical fiction. The only thing more impressive than Jonathan Lowy's remarkable research is the richness of his characterizations." —Chris Bohjalian, author of Midwives and Before You Know Kindness
“Invigorating . . . The novel’s clarion style is modulated by intimate details . . .” —Boston Globe
“Beautifully researched and cunningly written.” —Buffalo News
“A high-water mark in the ongoing renaissance of the historical novel.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)