Sarah & Gerald

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In the years after the great war, life was golden and happy for those who had survived it. An entire generation of young men died so others could sit on a beach and splash in the water and have sandwiches on the sand. It was a golden time for American expatriates -- like Sarah and Gerald -- to be in Paris. More

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About Christopher Geoffrey McPherson

In more than three decades as a professional writer/journalist, Christopher has covered myriad subjects and interviewed thousands of people from the famous to the unknown. He brings these years of experience to each of his novels.

In his career, his work has appeared in daily newspapers, monthly magazines, extensively on radio and the occasional dalliance with television. He has written advertising copy and radio commercials – and continues to write.

Prior to his new novel, called “A Cat in Time” about the most famous cat in ancient Japan, Christopher spent more than five years creating a series of novels that take place in 1930s Los Angeles called “The James Murray Mysteries.” Books in the series are "Murder at Eastern Columbia," “Sabotage at RKO Studio,” “Abduction at Griffith Observatory,” “Blackmail at Wrigley Field,” and the newest “Haunting at Ocean House.”

Other writing featuring his byline includes “22: The Biography of a Gun” – a tale set in the near future where guns are strictly controlled yet where one manages to make its way into the hands of those who want it; "The Babi Makers" – a science fiction tale about a world where the most important resource is babies; "Sarah & Gerald" – a novel about Paris in the 1920s; "Forever - and other stories" – a collection of short stories; "The Life Line" – the novel of the big one that levels San Francisco; "News on the Home Front" – a novel of two friends during World War Two; and "Mama Cat" – a book for children. Also, several short plays, a few radio plays and a boatload of radio documentaries.

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Review by: Sheila Deeth on July 9, 2013 :
Set in Hollywood, the Hamptons and France, peopled with familiar names from the literary world of Europe and America, and told in the languidly simple style of the era, Christopher McPherson’s Sarah and Gerald vividly recreates the 1920s where Gerald’s bold art will shock the French press, Ernest will betray his wife, Scott will write another masterpiece, and Sarah will hold them all together while bringing up a family.

A marriage of old and new money underlies the central relationship of this story, and a marriage of old and new telling characterizes the writing. Real people are painted slightly askew, real lives recognizable behind the fiction, but everything larger than life as befits the time between the wars. The “lost generation” tries to find itself. Friends help each other. A generous spirit refrains from questioning that which pleases a loved one. And children grow up surrounded by more than love.

By the end of the tale I’m sorry to lose sight of these characters (and have to look them up on the internet). They’ve seemed so real, their trials so heart-rending, their triumphs and losses so generously shared. The novel may be short but its echoes are long in a world where we no longer espouse bull-fighting but delight instead in fighting our neighbor’s sexual inclinations and dictating what lifestyles should be allowed.

The Great Gatsby meets The Man on the Third Floor; Sarah and Gerald is highly recommended.

Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy in exchange for my honest review. My apologies for taking so long to get around to reading it—I really enjoyed it.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Review by: Chrissy on Nov. 1, 2012 :
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book but not as much as I enjoyed News on the Home Front.

Sarah & Gerald is a sweet short story that chronicles a brief period in the title characters' lives while in France after World War I. This was a quick read. All of the characters were likeable. Some characters are clearly based on famous individuals from that time period even though the author doesn't come out and declare that directly in the narrative.

Sarah and Gerald enjoy some grand adventures with their three children while living in France. They also get to travel to California for Gerald's brief stint as a set designer for silent movies. This book isn't all happiness though. Tragedy does strike each of the characters in some way...some more devastating than others. However, that is life...not all happiness all of the time.

Would I recommend it: If you like historical fiction that is fairly light, then read this book.

Will I read it again: I will not read this book again. But I will read more by Christopher McPherson. His books have been good reads for this reviewer.
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
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