Sunnyside Glen David Gold's Doctorow-esque Sunnyside brings young America to vivid life as he weaves together European battlefields and the backlots of Hollywood. It all begins… Sunnyside Glen David Gold's Doctorow-esque Sunnyside brings young America to vivid life as he weaves together European battlefields and the backlots of Hollywood. It all begins… 2009-05-05 Fiction History Knopf
Book Review

Sunnyside (2009)

Sunnyside | Sunnyside by Glen David Gold
Sunnyside by Glen David Gold
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 05, 2009; Writer: Glen David Gold; Genres: Fiction, History; Publisher: Knopf

Glen David Gold's Doctorow-esque Sunnyside brings young America to vivid life as he weaves together European battlefields and the backlots of Hollywood. It all begins on a November morning in 1916, when over 800 people around the country — from the California coast to Manhattan — spot Charlie Chaplin. The sightings, bizarre as they seem, yoke Chaplin to the book's other main characters: Hugo Black, a soldier serving with Allied forces in the fight against the Bolsheviks; and Leland Wheeler, son of a Hollywood star, sent to the trenches of France in the Great War. Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, even Rin Tin Tin flit in and out. Gold is a masterful, even heart-stopping storyteller, but not — alas — an equally amazing writer. B

Originally posted May 06, 2009 Published in issue #1047 May 15, 2009 Order article reprints
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