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Nothing but a smile
Steve Amick
Adult Fiction AMICK

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Summary: 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. It's 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 Chesterton-the wife of Wink's buddy, still stationed in the Philippines-Wink is surprised to learn how Sal is making ends meet: producing pinup photos for the soldiers' favorite girlie magazines. In fact, she's using herself as a model. When Wink becomes a partner in her covert enterprise, it's 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 Wink's 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 Amick's grasp of Wink and Sal's generation is remarkable, as is his fresh take on the period. The triumph of the war's end is tempered by his deep understanding of its quiet undercurrents-the 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.


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main characters Wink Dutton
Male
World War II veteran
Former illustrator; discharged from the army after an injury to his hand; living above a camera shop; becomes a partner in Sal's pin-up photo enterprise; falls in love with Sal.
Soldier

Sal Chesterton
Female
Married
Husband is Wink's friend who is still stationed underseas; keeping her family's camera shop in business by making pin-up photos for the soldiers; uses herself as a model for the photos; falls in love with Wink.
Model



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