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Love at first sight is a simple trick; it's what follows that tests the quality of affection. When former paratrooper Harry Copeland spots Catherine Hale dressed in windblown white on the Staten Island ferry, he is completely smitten. After the passion becomes mutual, Catherine severs her engagement with her affluent fiancé. Unfortunately for Harry, the ditched gentleman is not only rich, but vengeful, which sets the scene for struggles that threaten to thwart the romance, and perhaps even end Harry's life. This new 700-page novel by Mark Helprin (Winter's Tale; A Soldier of the Great War) features two distinctive, sympathetic main characters, welcome doses of post-WWII Gotham atmosphere, and the large scale befitting a novel this size.