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Publisher Comments:

Glen David Gold, author of the best seller Carter Beats the Devil,now gives us a grand entertainment with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its center: a novel at once cinematic and intimate, heartrending and darkly comic, that captures the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity. Sunnysideopens on a winter day in 1916 during which Charlie Chaplin is spotted in more than eight hundred places simultaneously, an extraordinary delusion that forever binds the overlapping fortunes of three men: Leland Wheeler, son of the world's last (and worst) Wild West star, as he finds unexpected love on the battlefields of France; Hugo Black, drafted to fight under the towering General Edmund Ironside in America's doomed expedition against the Bolsheviks; and Chaplin himself, as he faces a tightening vise of complicationsstudio moguls, questions about his patriotism, his unchecked heart, and, most menacing of all, his mother. The narrative is as rich and expansive as the ground it covers, and it is cast with a dazzling roster of both real and fictional characters: Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Adolph Zukor, Chaplin's (first) child bride, a thieving Girl Scout, the secretary of the treasury, a lovesick film theorist, three Russian princesses (gracious, nervous, and nihilist), a crew of fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants moviemakers, legions of starstruck fans, and Rin Tin Tin. By turns lighthearted and profound, Sunnysideis an altogether spellbinding novel about dreams, ambition, and the dawn of the modern age.

Synopsis:

A quintessentially American epic, Sunnyside stars the one and only Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin. It's 1916 and, after an extraordinary mass delusion where Chaplin is spottedin more than eight hundred places simultaneously, his fame is at its peak but his inspiration is at a low. As he struggles to find a film project as worthy as himself, we are introduced to a dazzling cast ofcharacters that take us from the battlefields of France to the Russian Revolution and from the budding glamour of Hollywood to madcap Wild West shows. The result is a spellbinding novel about dreams, ambition, and the birth of modern America.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Glen David Gold’s first novel, Carter Beats the Devil, has been translated into fourteen languages. His short stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney’s, Playboy, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alice Sebold.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307271945
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Gold, Glen David
Author:
Glen David Gold
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Fame
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature (General)
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
559

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Product details 559 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307271945 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A quintessentially American epic, Sunnyside stars the one and only Little Tramp, Charlie Chaplin. It's 1916 and, after an extraordinary mass delusion where Chaplin is spottedin more than eight hundred places simultaneously, his fame is at its peak but his inspiration is at a low. As he struggles to find a film project as worthy as himself, we are introduced to a dazzling cast ofcharacters that take us from the battlefields of France to the Russian Revolution and from the budding glamour of Hollywood to madcap Wild West shows. The result is a spellbinding novel about dreams, ambition, and the birth of modern America.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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