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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.

Not since Winter’s Tale has Mark Helprin written such a magically inspiring saga. Entrancing in its lyricism, In Sunlight and in Shadow so powerfully draws you into New York at the dawn of the modern age that, as in a vivid dream, you will not want to leave.


An epic love story set in post-war New York by the bestselling author of Winter's Tale.

About the Author

Mark Helprin is the acclaimed author of Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are read around the world, translated into over 20 languages.

Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Boat to St. George: May, 1946 1

Overlooking the Sea 12

Her Hands and the Way She Held Them 24

The Moon Rising over the East River 30

Catherines Song 45

In Production 55

And There She Was 68

What Youre Trained to Do 92

Georgica 102

Distant Lights and Summer Wind 119

Overcoats 135

Changing Light 145

Billy and Evelyn 152

Conversation by the Sea 174

Gray and Green 188

The Abacus 196

The Glare of July 201

The Whole World 213

Spectacles 220

The Gift of a Clear Day 232

The Beach Road 241

Young Townsend Coombs 248

The Settee 261

The Economics of Hot Water 272

The Wake of the Crispin 284

Speechless and Adrift 310

The Evening Transcript 316

Lost Souls 333

James George Vanderlyn 353

Baucis and Philemon 360

Crossing the River 375

The Highlands 405

Pathfinder 412

Glorious Summer 436

Vierville 468

Snow 480

Catherine 520

Counsel and Arms 536

Office in Madison Square 574

The Train from Milwaukee 585

Red Steel 597

A Passion of Kindness 603

The Letter 623

In the Arcade 652

Catherine Rising 670

The Horse and His Rider He Hath

Thrown into the Sea 694

In the Arms of an Angel 712


Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
General Fiction
Helprin, Mark
Fiction : General
Fiction : Literary
Publication Date:
October 2012

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In Sunlight and in Shadow
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Product details 752 pages Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - English 9780547819259 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , An epic love story set in post-war New York by the bestselling author of Winter's Tale.
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