If you see any of us spontaneously breaking into song, it's only because we're wishing a hearty happy book birthday to Sophfronia Scott's Unforgivable Love, vivid reimagining of the French classic Les Liaisons Dangereuses set in Harlem in the 1940s.
The reviews for Unforgivable Love can attest to its powerful setting and tone:
"The characters, twists, and turns of Dangerous Liaisons are as compelling as ever in this retelling, set in 1940s Harlem. Whereas the original seems to revel in the callousness of its main characters, Scott takes a much more redemptive view, and it is in that gentler telling that we get to know our characters, and their motivations, even better. Scott does a phenomenal job of describing the feel of each location in the story, leading to an immersive read perfect for the beach or travel." —Stephanie Chase, Hillsboro Public Library
"Scott’s heady blend of sumptuous description, rarefied setting, sensuality, revenge, and redemption will keep readers engaged." —Booklist
"Scott sets this fresh retelling of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ novel against an alluring backdrop of city nightclubs, country retreats, tightknit church communities, and the Brooklyn Dodgers... A dazzlingly dark and engaging tale full of heartbreak, treachery, and surprise." —Kirkus
You won't want to miss this vibrant, gorgeous novel that'll be perfect for all your books clubs and any fans of retold classics like Francesca Segal's The Innocents and Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld.