A Novel; Nothing but a Smile

By: Amick, Steve

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1.3 x 8.3 x 5.8 Inches; 320 pages; From the author of the widely praised The Lake, the River & the Other Lake comes the delightful love story of a man and a woman who choose an unconventional way to redefine themselves during and after World War II.

Its 1944, and Wink Dutton, a former illustrator for Yank and Stars and Stripes, has arrived in Chicago after an injury to his drawing hand gets him an unwanted discharge from the service. Renting a room above the camera shop run by Sal Chestertonthe wife of Winks buddy, still stationed in the PhilippinesWink is surprised to learn how Sal is making ends meet: producing pinup photos for the soldiers favorite girlie magazines. In fact, shes using herself as a model. When Wink becomes a partner in her covert enterprise, its the beginning of a collaboration that is both wonderfully sexy and pure, one that blossoms into a subtle and unexpected romance. Their work leads to Winks reinvention as a photographer and, as the war ends and the business expands, to a shared understanding of the painful adjustments to be made in the rapidly changing postwar world.

Steve Amicks grasp of Wink and Sals generation is remarkable, as is his fresh take on the period. The triumph of the wars end is tempered by his deep understanding of its quiet undercurrentsthe fear of not knowing what to do next, the loss of more carefree prewar selves, the sorrow of mourning soldiers recently dead when everyone else is parading in the streets. In the surprising story of Wink and Sal, Amick has created a beautifully understated love letter to an America of simpler choices that were nonetheless hard for the people who made them.; Signed by Author

Title: A Novel; Nothing but a Smile

Author Name: Amick, Steve

Categories: Fiction F 1,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Pantheon: 2009

ISBN Number: 0307377369

ISBN Number 13: 9780307377364

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Inscription: Signed by Author

lbs: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: 4552