In Sunlight And In Shadow (Hardcover)
|Author: Mark Helprin|
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|OHome from the war and basking in the bright lights of 1947 New York, wealthy Harry Copeland encounters heiress and aspiring actress Catherine Thomas Hale on the Staten Island ferry, and a great passion is born. Alas, Catherine is engaged to a much older man, but she and Harry pursue a romance against the backdrop of Broadway theaters and Long Island mansions.ON"Library Journal."|
From the Publisher:
Mark Helprin's enchanting and sweeping new novel asks a simple question: can love and honor conquer all? New York in 1947 glows with post-war energy. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, returns home to run the family business. In a single, magical encounter on the Staten Island ferry, the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale falls for him in an instant, too late to prevent her engagement to a much older man. Harry and Catherine pursue one another in a romance played out in postwar America's Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine's choice of Harry over her long-time fiancé endangers Harry's livelihood and eventually threatens his life. 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.
Helprin grew up in the Hudson River Valley, the son of immigrants. He has both a B.A. and an M.A. from Harvard, and served in the British Merchant Navy as well as in the Israeli army. "The New Yorker" published his first story when he was 21; his first collection appeared in 1975. His first novel, "Refiner's Fire", was published two years later, and his 1981 collection, "Ellis Island and Other Stories", won the National Jewish Book Award in 1982. He was a speechwriter for Bob Dole in the 1990 presidential election. In his novels and stories, Helprin differs from many of his contemporaries in his unswervingly affirmative worldview.
"A fine adult love story--not in the prurient sense, but in the sense of lovers elevated from smittenness to all the grown-up problems that a relationship can bring." (starred review) 09/01/2012 "Passionate, earnest, nostalgic and romantic in multiple senses of the word (infused with love, straining with valor, prolific in fable), it resurrects with throat-catching regret and nickel-gleam luster the automats and assumptions of the America of the 1940s, both the sets and the sensibilities." - Liesl Schillinger 10/07/2012 "Helprin's themes are weighty...but the greatest pleasures of this large book are to be found in the smallest moments...."