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An exuberant debut that sweeps across the twentieth century – beginning where one world-famous love story left off to introduce us to another.
With Sophie Tucker belting from his hand-crank phonograph and a circle of boarding school admirers laughing uproariously around him, we first meet Ben “Trouble” Pinkerton through the amazed eyes of his orphaned schoolmate, Woodley Sharpless―and ever after, though their paths at times diverge, their lives continue to intersect.
Trouble, the son of Lieutenant Benjamin Pinkerton and the geisha Madame Butterfly, is being raised in the United States by (now) Senator Pinkerton and his upper-class wife, Kate. From early on, his privileged upbringing and rebellious charisma combine to involve him in many important events of the twentieth century: from Greenwich Village in the roaring twenties, through WPA work during the Great Depression; from secret government work outside Los Alamos, to a revelation on a Nagasaki hillside by the sea. Sharpless witnesses such events, too―along with plenty of Pinkerton family drama.
The Heat of the Sun, David Rain’s first novel, is a high-wire act of sustained invention―as playful as it is ambitious, as moving as it is theatrical, and as historically resonant as it is evocative of powerful bonds of friendship and of love.