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Teaser Tuesday: ‘Sunlight and Shadow’ by Mark Helprin

Title: Sunlight and Shadow by Mark Helprin (October, 2012)

Teaser Excerpt: (Beginning of Prologue) If you were a spirit, and could fly and alight as you wished, and time did not bind you, and patience and love were all you knew, then you might rise to enter an open window high above the park, in the New York of almost a lifetime ago, early in November of 1947. After days of rain and unusual warmth, the skies are now the soft deep blue that is the gift of an oblique sun.

Reviews: NPR loves the novel. The New York Times hates the novel.

Publisher’s 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 fiancé 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.

Teaser Tuesdays: Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Leave a comment and tell me about your Teaser for 10/9/2012!


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16 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesday: ‘Sunlight and Shadow’ by Mark Helprin

  1. Very intriguing! Here is my teaser for this week.

  2. What a fantastic teaser. This isn’t something I would have picked up for myself but it sounds AMAZING! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention! 🙂

  3. What an intriguing beginning!
    My teaser is here: I love Dan Brown

  4. Smoky Zeidel on said:

    I definitely trust NPR’s picks over the New York Times. Guess I’m not urban enough for the latter, and just down-homey enough for the former.

  5. I love the poetic writing style of this teaser! Yet another book I need to look into today. =) Great teaser.

    Here’s my TT @ The Coffee Pot

  6. An intriguing teaser and premise–I like the sound of this one. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Clif Chitwood on said:

    It is a wonderful book-at times it feels as if God is talking to you…and it will break your heart and make you cry – just like life

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