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Vivid, bold and evocative

  • Jul 9, 2013
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Set in Hollywood, the Hamptons and France, peopled with familiar names from the literary world of Europe and America, and told in the languidly simple style of the era, Christopher McPherson’s Sarah and Gerald vividly recreates the 1920s where Gerald’s bold art will shock the French press, Ernest will betray his wife, Scott will write another masterpiece, and Sarah will hold them all together while bringing up a family.

A marriage of old and new money underlies the central relationship of this story, and a marriage of old and new telling characterizes the writing. Real people are painted slightly askew, real lives recognizable behind the fiction, but everything larger than life as befits the time between the wars. The “lost generation” tries to find itself. Friends help each other. A generous spirit refrains from questioning that which pleases a loved one. And children grow up surrounded by more than love.

By the end of the tale I’m sorry to lose sight of these characters (and have to look them up on the internet). They’ve seemed so real, their trials so heart-rending, their triumphs and losses so generously shared. The novel may be short but its echoes are long in a world where we no longer espouse bull-fighting but delight instead in fighting our neighbor’s sexual inclinations and dictating what lifestyles should be allowed.

The Great Gatsby meets The Man on the Third Floor; Sarah and Gerald is highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy in exchange for my honest review. My apologies for taking so long to get around to reading it—I really enjoyed it.

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In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings his years of experience to each one of his novels. Every work is different. Through reading his novels, you can visit the American home front in the 1940s, a future San Francisco wiped out by a killer earthquake, a romantic love affair in post-war Paris in the 1920s -- or, coming in 2013, travel to another world in another time when everything is controlled by the government and everyone is happy. In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials -- and continues to write, write, write. Works featuring his byline include "Sarah & Gerald" -- a novel about Paris in the 1920s, "Forever - and other stories" -- a collection of short stories, "The Life Line" -- the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco, "News on the Home Front" -- a novel of two friends during World War Two, and "Mama Cat" -- a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boat load of radio documentaries.
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