From the author of the acclaimed best seller Carter Beats the Devil comes a grand entertainment with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its center: a novel at once cinematic and intimate, thrilling and darkly comic, that dramatizes the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity.
SUNNYSIDE opens on a winter day in 1916 during which Chaplin is spotted in more than eight hundred places simultaneously, an extraordinary mass delusion. From there, the novel follows the overlapping fortunes of three men: Leland Wheeler, son of the worlds last (and worst) Wild West star, as he heads to the battlefields of France; snobbish Hugo Black, drafted to fight under the towering General Edmund Ironside in Americas doomed engagement with Russia; and Chaplin himself, as he faces a tightening vice of complicationsstudio moguls, questions about his patriotism, his unchecked heart, and, most menacing of all, his motherto finally make a movie as good as he was.
With a cast of enthralling characters, both historical and fictionalMary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, a thieving Girl Scout, a lovestruck film theorist, Russian princesses, even Rin Tin TinSUNNYSIDE is a heartrending, spellbinding novel about American promises both kept and betrayed.
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