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Book trailer for the award-winning novel YOU, FASCINATING YOU by Germaine Shames. Editor's Choice, Historical Novel Society: "Faultless." "In the final weeks of 1938, in the shadow of Kristallnacht and imminent war, a heartsick Italian maestro wrote a love song called "Tu Solamente Tu." Its lyrics lamented his forced separation from his wife, the Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf, in the wake of Mussolini's edict banishing foreign Jews from Italy. The song, first recorded by Vittorio de Sica in 1939, catapulted to the top of the Hit Parade and earned the composer the moniker the "Italian Cole Porter." The German version, "Du Immer Wieder Du," would be performed by Zarah Leander, the foremost film star of the German Reich, and its English counterpart, "You, Fascinating You," by the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. Twenty-two years would pass before the maestro and his ballerina again met face-to-face. You, Fascinating You begins as a backstage romance and ends as an epic triumph of the human spirit." Available from and most online retailers worldwide. Praise for YOU, FASCINATING YOU: "A love story reminiscent of that of my grandparents. I could not put it down." Kinga Nijinsky "Gripping and of tremendous heart." Dance Europe "Germaine Shames' beautiful depiction of the life of Margit Wolf and Pasquale Frustaci is told with such vivid and haunting detail, it's as if the reader is propelled back in time to witness a devastating journey of shattered dreams, juxtaposed with the strength and courage of the human heart." Susan Jaffe, "America's quintessential ballerina" "Germaine paints a vivid and accurate portrait of the world of ballet in pre and post-war Europe. The epic drama expected on the ballet stage is dwarfed by the tragic real life events of her ballerina heroine, Margit Wolf." Janet Panetta, Ballet Master Pina Bausch "Shames captures the essence of a ballerina with such expertise in her riveting story. Dancers succeed by creating beauty from effort; this book, too, shows that exquisite art can be made from history's hardships." Elana Altman, soloist dancer, San Francisco Ballet "Compelling, heart-wrenching, and heroic!" Jim Bencivenga, Christian Science Monitor Hear the Song: Read a Review: About the Author:

Posted on: December 12, 2014 by Germaine Shames Location: book trailer, YOU, FASCINATING YOU