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Its 1897. Gold has been discovered in the Yukon. New York is under the sway of Hearst and Pulitzer. And in a few months, an American battleship will explode in a Cuban harbor, plunging the U.S. into war. Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, this is the unforgettable story of that extraordinary moment: the turn of the twentieth century, as seen by one of the greatest storytellers of our time.

Shot through with a lyrical intensity and stunning detail that recall Doctorow and Deadwood both, A Moment in the Sun takes the whole era in its sights—from the white-racist coup in Wilmington, North Carolina to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in the Philippines. Beginning with Hod Brackenridge searching for his fortune in the North, and hurtling forward on the voices of a breathtaking range of men and women—Royal Scott, an African American infantryman whose life outside the military has been destroyed; Diosdado Concepcíon, a Filipino insurgent fighting against his countrys new colonizers; and more than a dozen others, Mark Twain and President McKinleys assassin among them—this is a story as big as its subject: history rediscovered through the lives of the people who made it happen.

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Lindsay Waite, August 18, 2013 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
It took me time to read this book, close to 1000 pages. This epic takes the reader from the gold rush in the Yukon to America's incursions in Cuba and then the Philippines, with lengthy stays in Wilmington, NC, New York City, and other parts of the United States around the turn of the 20th century. Sayles captures the lives of regular people, communicating in authentic voices and reflecting their times. I can only say that it is an incredible look at history through individuals and families caught up in the times. I particularly was intrigued by the Lunceford family. Driven from Wilmington by racists, Dr. Lunceford attempts to start life anew in New York peddling cures door-to-door, while his son Junior joins the Army, and pianist Jessie ends up working in a factory in dehumanizing conditions. Grimness, pain, and sorrow abound, but there is some joy as well. As I read the final chapters, I was sorry these tales of many were coming to an end. The final pages of the book shock and lead to much reflection about what was just read. For those interested in authentic historical fiction peopled by well-rounded characters (interspersed with true figures from history), this book is highly recommended.
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Myron, February 14, 2013 (view all comments by Myron)
This book is amazing! Although ringing in at over 950 pages, you aren't aware because Sayles draws you in. This is one of those books where you never want the story to end. There are many characters in this book and Sayles does a wonderful job in building up each character. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with anything turn of the century, actually any one at all who loves to read!
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jimallday, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by jimallday)
From the Yukon Gold Rush to the shores of the Phillipines, from the race riots of Carolina to the invasion of Cuba, all at the turn of the 19th Century into the 20th Century, John Sayles' wonderful novel takes the reader there with fine writing that never loses its moral compass.
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Sayles, John
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Popular Fiction - Adventure
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