Shimmer / Edition 1by Sarah Schulman
Pub. Date: 08/01/1999
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
It is 1948 in Manhattan. From the garlic-scented walk-ups of Little Italy to the Times Square Automat to the plush booths of the Stork Club, three New Yorkers strive to make their mark on the city under the growing shadow of the Red Scare. Aspiring reporter Sylvia Golubowsky pays her dues in the steno pool at the tabloid New York Star, along with 16 other girls whose eyes are on the back of the chair in front of them, the next step up the ladder. At the rival paper across town, gossip columnist Austin Van Cleeve rules New York and Washington with his venomous pen. And a Columbia University graduate has a dream of starting a Negro theatre on Broadway.
In Shimmer, these three indelible characters unexpectedly collide amid the larger drama of their historical moment. In a fresh reinterpretation of the McCarthy era, Sarah Schulman brilliantly reframes our understanding of the 'blacklist' and how the larger politics of the time colored even the most intimate relationships. With the tough honesty and consummate compassion that are her hallmarks, Schulman evokes post-war New York in a novel of dazzling scope and provocative complexity reminiscent of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. Shimmer will change forever the way readers view New York's heyday.
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