In Sunlight and in Shadow

In Sunlight and in Shadow

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By (author) Mark Helprin

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  • Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Format: Hardback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 234mm x 43mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Boston
  • ISBN 10: 0547819234
  • ISBN 13: 9780547819235
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 342,429

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Can love and honor conquer all? Mark Helprin's enchanting and sweeping novel springs from this deceptively simple question, and from the sight of a beautiful young woman, dressed in white, on the Staten Island Ferry, at the beginning of summer, 1946. Postwar New York glows with energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as they each fall for the other in an instant. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine's choice of Harry over her longtime fiance endangers Harry's livelihood and eventually threatens his life. In the end, it is Harry's extraordinary wartime experience that gives him the character and means to fight for Catherine, and risk everything. Not since "Winter's Tale" has Mark Helprin written such a magically inspiring saga. Entrancing in its lyricism, "In Sunlight and in Shadow" so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave.

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"In its storytelling heft, its moral rectitude, the solemn magnificence of its writing and the splendor of its hymns to New York City, the new novel is a spiritual pendant to "Winter's Tale," and every bit as extraordinary...Even the most stubbornly resistant readers will soon be disarmed by the nobility of the novel's sentiments and seduced by the pure music of its prose...The harmonization of the dual climaxes results in passages so gorgeous and stirring that I was moved to read them out loud. That is fitting, because the writing throughout "In Sunlight and in Shadow" sounds as though it were scored to some great choral symphony. Harry himself says it best: "My view is that literature should move beyond opinion, where music already is, and old age, if we're lucky, may lead." -- Sam Sacks, "The Wall Street Journal" "Helprin has written another expansive novel, as if no one has yet alerted him that the novel is dead. Here it is, a poetic and likely enduring rendering of New York just after the Second World War, a love story that pines for love but even more fervently for an industrious and ascendant America that is no more and maybe never was....In Sunlight and In Shadow matters. It is a "novel," with all of the presumption and ambition and sense of transport that that word once carried when it was the boss...If his latest novel is a book out of time, perhaps it holds clues as to where the novel ought to go from here." --Mark Warren, "Esquire ""New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! And Mark Helprin's new near-epic novel makes it all the more marvelous. It's got great polarized motifs -- war and peace, heroism and cowardice, crime and civility, pleasure and business, love and hate, bias and acceptance -- which the gifted novelist weaves into a grand, old-fashioned romance, a New York love story...Helprin does several things extraordinarily well: He fights for and wins our close sympathy for his characters, even as he delivers a full-throated rendering of life