Mark Helprin's enchanting and sweeping novel asks a simple question: can love and honor conquer all? New York in 1947 glows with postwar 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 instantly but 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 longtime fiance 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.
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"Sean Runnette's performance highlights the lyricism of Helprin's story of love at first sight. Runnette breathes an audible tone of wistfulness into the romance between Harry, a paratrooper who has returned to New York City after WWII, and Catherine, a singer and heiress whom he instantly falls in love with when he first sees her on the Staten Island Ferry. The listening experience created by Runnette resonates with the intensity of Helprin's descriptive power. The novel reflects the passion and longing of the characters amid the beauty of the city's shifting settings, dreamlike in light and in shadow at the dawn of the modern age. Runnette builds the tension when Catherine severs her longstanding engagement, an act that leads to vengeful retaliation. A.W. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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