KOH Library and Cultural Center

2300 Sierra Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95825

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

KOH Library Book Club - May 21st

KOH Book Club - May 21st at 7 p.m.  This month Leslie Cohen will lead a discussion about the book, "In Sunlight and in Shadow" by Mark Helprin. Newcomers are always welcome!

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 fianc√© 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.

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