Episode 49: Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott

Episode 49: Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott

Unforgivable Love is a re-telling of the 19th century novel Dangerous Liaisons, set during the Harlem Renaissance. Mae Malveaux is a beautiful, wealthy, still-youthful widow, who wields her looks and her money as agents of power. Val Jackson’s looks and wealth likewise mean that no one ever dares to refuse him whatever he desires. They are natural allies, co-conspirators. But when Mae sets out to corrupt her young cousin, Cecily — a punishment for Cecily’s fiancee, a former suitor of Mae whom she has not forgiven for jilting her — and when Val sets out to seduce the married and proper Elizabeth Townsend — possibly the only person who has ever tried to tell him no — it sets into action a chain of events that will lead to death, devastation, and, possibly, redemption — but only for some.

Host Cyd Oppenheimer talks with author Sophfronia Scott about the constraints and possibilities inherent in telling a story that's already been told, about villains and heroes, and about the influence of "Dallas" and "The Godfather" on her writing.

Guest readers Deborah Cantrell and Jessica Sager join Oppenheimer to discuss race, gender, and the political and cultural relevance of this novel today.

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