Hod Brackenridge has turned his back on years spent working for the mining concerns to follow news of gold to the Yukon; Clarence Rice, sentenced to hard labor in the South Carolina swamps, has stolen a horse and broken free. And while Royal Scott and Junior Lunceford are offering themselves up to an African American infantry regiment, Diosdado Concepción, a young insurrecto thousands of miles away, is preparing for a war that will pit him against them. Each of these men is intent on forging a new life. What happens next will determine how far they get.
Spanning five years and half a dozen countries, John Sayles’s latest novel takes the whole era in its sights—from the white coup in Wilmington, North Carolina, to the bloody dawn of U.S. interventionism in Cuba and the Philippines. Built on the voices of a breathtaking range of men and women, and shot through with a lyrical intensity and stunning detail that recalls Doctorow and Deadwood both, A Moment in the Sun is an indispensable chronicle of a pivotal time.