by Glen David Gold
Sceptre Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780340995631
Date: 25 June 2009 List Price £17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Carter Beats the Devil remains one of my favourite books of the last decade and it's hard to believe that it has taken author Glen David Gold seven years to offer up a second novel. That said, novel writing isn't an exact science, nor are authors machines. GDC has big ideas that take some serious artistry and execution and his perfectionist streak is something that I admire hugely.
Sunnyside, now published by Sceptre in hardcover and already into its first reprint, is a complex and accomplished work, and a novel - like its predecessor - to be savoured and enjoyed over time.
"...a grand entertainment with the brilliantly realized figure of Charlie Chaplin at its centre: a novel at once cinematic and intimate, thrilling and darkly comic, which dramatizes the moment when American capitalism, a world at war, and the emerging mecca of Hollywood intersect to spawn an enduring culture of celebrity.
SUNNYSIDE follows three overlapping fortunes: Leland Wheeler, son of the last (and worst) Wild West star, as he heads to the battlefields of France; snobbish Hugo Black, drafted to fight in Russia under the British general, Edmund Ironside; and Chaplin himself, contending with studio moguls, accusations of cowardice, his unchecked heart and, most menacing of all, his mother, as he pursues the goal of making a movie 'as good as he was'.
With a cast of enthralling characters both historical and fictional, SUNNYSIDE is a heart-rending, spellbinding novel about dreams, ambition and the dawn of the modern age."