The Imperative of Desire

by Elena Graf

The first volume in The Passing Rites Series is a coming-of-age story that takes a brilliant, young woman from La Belle Époque, through a world war, a revolution that outlawed the German aristocracy, the roaring twenties, to the decadent demimonde of Weimar Berlin. A quirk of inheritance law allows Margarethe von Stahle to inherit her family’s titles. Her curiosity and precocity delight and perplex her teachers as they try to mold her. Her father trains her with his military cadets. A retired opera singer teaches her how to sing. Her grandaunt, headmistress of the convent school, educates her in philosophy and classics. At an early age, Margarethe heads to Oxford. Gifted with both musical and intellectual talents, she must choose between singing and service. She decides to study medicine and becomes one of the few female surgeons in 1920s Germany. Margarethe reluctantly marries, but that doesn’t prevent her from finding solace in the arms of women. She trains under the best surgeons in Germany and England and rises to prominence as London’s infamous “Lady Doctor.” Finally, duty requires her to return to her homeland and take the reins of the family fortunes.

Passing Rites Series Book 1.



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Genre Historical Fiction
Length 488 pages
Publication Date March 30, 2021
Publisher Purple Hand Press
ISBN 9781953195005

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