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'Sunnyside: A Novel' by Glen David Gold
'Sunnyside: A Novel' by Glen David Gold

Sunnyside A Novel Glen David Gold Alfred A. Knopf: 576 pp., $26.95 Glen David Gold's massive new novel begins with a trick, a coup, the literary equivalent of sleight of hand. For a writer whose first book, "Carter Beats the Devil" (2001), concerned the grand story of a 1920s magician, this should come as no surprise. Gold re-creates time periods as E.L. Doctorow did in "Ragtime," mingling fact and fiction so that the one blends into the other seamlessly. He's a spellbinder. "Sunnyside" opens on Nov. 12, 1916. At the northernmost limit of the California coastline, in a lighthouse off Crescent City, the "unfairly handsome" young Leland...

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