Monday, May 16, 2011

A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

It feels a little premature to do a post on this, but I'm really excited about John Sayles's A Moment in the Sun and I wanted to share it with you all. I'm currently reading the novel for my next review, so I guess we should consider this a preview.

Similar to Adam Levin's The Instructions, John Sayles's A Moment in the Sun is an enormous, 900+ page novel published by McSweeney's; it's another exciting and ambitious move by them and one that has once again cemented McSweeney's back on my radar as a publisher to watch. A Moment in the Sun is set in late 1890's America and follows a a sprawling cast of characters through the Spanish-American War, the Industrial Revolution, and the rising tensions of post-Civil War race relations. Think of it as Pynchon novel, but trade the zaniness for an astonishing level of research. Vollmann fans will eat this up as well. I'm about 600 pages in, and it's possibly the best historical fiction novel I've ever read.
And, the design is outstanding too! It has an old-world elegance that suits the novel so well. A detailed review will come by the end of the month. Stay tuned--

Currently reading:
A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles

Currently listening to:
The Twilight Singers, "Dynamite Steps"

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