Sun is My Shadow

Sun is My Shadow

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New impression
  • 0552084387
  • 9780552084383

Review Text

The force of complete possession, the hard metal of aggression and the qualifications of a man-eater - these, along with beauty, charm and money to spare, make up Carol Hillyard and control a pattern, long in the making, which rewards her fittingly. Brought up by Mark in independence and mature assurance, she runs his recently restored Virginia estate capably, thaws the social chill and is amiably pursued by Bootsie Warrington. Her "slavering hunger" for the bootlegger Billjo is put behind her when she makes up her mind to run one of the newspapers her father has bought and gets a job on a conservative New York daily. There she discovers a talent for reporting, discovers too that she loves Chris Chandler, the editor, but when the paper is hers, she gives orders, is defied by him - and in spiteful fury, fires him. Marrying Bootsie just before Mark's death, she is infuriated at her pregnancy, abandons the child to go back to her growing array of newspapers, and to be first aboard the Roosevelt bandwagon. Europe, before and during the war, is her province as top reporter for her papers and, with the surrender in the East, she is homeward bound, failing again in another effort to hire Chris, to regain her health before returning to her publishing kingdom. But Bootsie's decision to leave, her young daughter's ability to make her own judgments - leave her with a future of loneliness. Wilder's narratives are plausible, some of his characters - here Mark and Bootsie - walk away with the show; sex has alway a definite part in the story; he has a popular touch. The publisher is backing this. (Kirkus Reviews)show more