Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In Sunlight And Shadow by Mark Helprin
Then there is the matter of Harry's family business, Copeland Fine Leather is known worldwide for their quality goods, and the business thrived under Harry's father. Now that Harry is in charge, problems have arisen. The business is targeted by the Mafia and the protection money they extract each week is draining the business dry and putting its survival at risk,
These two issues form the backbone of the novel. Mark Helprin fans will be delighted to see him return to the locale of his A Winter's Tale, his wildly popular novel of 1983. The same lyrical prose and compelling story lines carry this novel. The reader is transported to the various locales Harry's story unwinds in; Broadway, the New York manufacturing districts, Long Island mansions, Central Park and war-torn England and Europe. Helprin does not shy away from the big questions of what makes a life worthwhile, the role of love, or the meaning of the law if it does not protect those who need it. This book is recommended for all readers.