Book: Sunlight - The Story of a Girl Who Didn’t Laugh and a Boy Who Wished to Fly by Hugh Anthony Levinecategories: Book, Historical Fiction, Flying in Combat, Glider Flight, Female Protagonist, New Jersey History, Literary Fiction
Hugh Anthony Levineabout this book: Sunlight. Earth's inhabitants cannot live without it, yet it can harm us, even kill us. How can a teacher from a tiny hamlet in rural New Jersey even dare to take on so formidable an adversary as the sun? What could inspire her to do so? Another powerful force of nature - friendship.
In a modern-day sequel to the Ancient Greek mythological story of Icarus, who flew too close to the sun, this innovative novel tracks the lifelong friendship of a girl and boy, next-door neighbors who grow up like sister and brother, each facing adversities that threaten but do not derail their life quests, while readers take a fact-driven flight with them that begins in rural New Jersey and touches down in the Colorado Rockies, war-torn Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, South Korea, Arizona, Maryland, Saudi Arabia. Kuwait, and the Oval Office of the President of the United States.
Spanning the half-century-plus from 1946 to 2001, recounting real events of that tumultuous era with realistic and credible characters, Sunlight weaves an engrossing plot tapestry threaded with flying both in combat and for sport, as well as dreams and romance, success and tragedy, triumph and misgivings, lessons both taught and learned.
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