In Sunlight and in Shadow

By Mark Helprin
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), Hardcover, 9780547819235, 720pp.)

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the October 2012 Indie Next List
“This magnificent, sweeping story, set in post-WWII Manhattan, took my breath away. I was torn between racing along the swift river of the narrative and needing to pause to drink in luminous sentences and searing paragraphs. The author feeds the soul of the reader as he describes the depths of mind, heart, and spirit of characters whose lives have been shaped by the war, the culture, and the city. A deeply romantic and supremely intelligent novel.”
-- Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


Description
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.



About the Author
Mark Helprin was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford and served in the Israeli Army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of, among other titles, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Refiner s Fire, Winter s Tale, and A Soldier of the Great War. He lives in Virginia.
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