The Boston Castrato
On July 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Colin W. Sargent’s The Boston Castrato does for 1920s Boston what E.L. Doctorow did for New York in Ragtime: it grabs a city out of history, mixes in some fiction and makes it vivid.

A rare book, one that will settle into the soul for a lifetime.

 Morgan Callan Rogers, author of Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea

Weaving together a dizzying number of intersecting plots, Sargent (Museum of Human Beings, 2009) captures the bustling excitement—and seedy grit—of early 1920s Boston.

Kirkus Reviews

Colin W. Sargent (a relation of John Singer Sargent, who also splashes an appearance in the book) is a poet, playwright, novelist, and founding editor and publisher of Portland Magazine. As a helicopter pilot, Sargent was entranced by the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he has an M.F.A. from Stonecoast and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. He divides his time between the coasts of Maine, Virginia, and, when possible, the rest of the world.

Beautifully written, by turns poignant, sad and funny, this novel explores many themes, particularly those of prejudice and marginalisation. The transgender issues particularly are topical today.

Historical Novel Society

A nonstop delight to read

Portland Press Herald

So much about the modern US is explained here, not in a didactic manner but on its own, lying and exaggerated terms. Fiction tells the truths than mere facts cannot.

The Morning Star

Sargent’s is a novel about the beauty of the outcast, and a critique of the perverse push and pull of society’s simultaneous exploitative fascination with and disgust for those who are different.

The Virginian Pilot

In exuberant and yet precise prose, Colin Sargent conjures a sweeping tale of love, murder, and revenge.

Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

Antic and episodic, The Boston Castrato is as hilarious as it is compassionate, intriguing and wise


 Jack Driscoll, author of The World of a Few Minutes Ago

Watch Colin give sublimely fine answers to a readers / writer’s questions on this Youtube clip.

Available in all good bookstores, US & UK, and in all ebook formats.

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