Ecstasy

Ecstasy

In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienna, one woman’s life would define and defy an era

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. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as “one of the very few magical women that exist.” But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees? In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time the center stage.

Coming of age in the midst of 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. He demands that she give up her music as a condition for their marriage. Torn by her love and in awe of his genius, how will she remain true to herself and her artistic passion?

Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, author, daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, and muse.

Title:Ecstasy
ISBN:9780544800892
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About Mary Sharratt

Mary Sharratt is an American writer who lives with her Belgian husband in the Pendle region of Lancashire, England, the setting for her acclaimed 2010 novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE WITCHING HILL, which recasts the Pendle Witches of 1612 in their historical context as cunning folk and healers.


    Ecstasy Reviews

  • Julie

    Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt is a 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication. This story is a fictionalized accounting of composer and pianist Alma Schindler’s life during the period she was married to...

  • Elyse

    “Let’s raise our glasses to Alma Maria Schindler, Fran Zuckerandl said, who has turned the rest of us poor women emerald with envy. Not only is she the most beautiful girl in Vienna, and that’s ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 alluring stars to Ecstasy! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (Last vacation review, I promise! 😉)In college, I had a poster of Klimt’s painting, The Kiss, hanging on my dorm room wall. It was sultry and magi...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I saw the movie Mahler by Ken Russell a couple of years ago. Well, it's so many years ago that I don't really remember much about it. But, it was my first introduction to Gustav Mahler and his wife Al...

  • Cathy

    Read more reviews like this, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/Alma is beautiful, passionate and independ...

  • Amy Bruno

    Author Mary Sharratt on Blog Tour for ECSTASY, April 10-May 18!...

  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)

    I knew, from the previous novels of Sharratt's that I've read (the astounding Illuminations and fascinating The Dark Lady's Mask ) that I would love Ecstasy -- even though I feared the story of Al...

  • Kris Waldherr

    Read an advance copy of this and loved it. I've been fascinated with Alma Mahler every since I first learned of her life years ago—ECSTASY captures the romantic intensity of Alma's life. Bittersweet...

  • OLT

    Author Mary Sharratt has a mission: " Writing women back into history." In 2012 she focused on 12th-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen in ILLUMINATIONS, showing us a woman expected from a ...

  • Olivia-Savannah  Roach

    I saw Stephanie @ Bookfever’s book review of this one, and knew I had to read it for myself as well! It didn’t hurt that this book had such a beautiful cover (many thanks to the publisher for the ...