A Green Desire Author:Anton Myrer There is a time in every person, in every country, when hope is green, when the sap rises, when we believe we can be anything, do anything. This is a novel about that time in America. It is an age of innocence, but it is an age of temptation and corruption as well. This is a novel about the dreams we sought then, and the sins we committed in ... more »their pursuit. It is a novel about money-and desire.
The fierce rivalry between two brothers, Tip and Chapin Ames, impelled them to make very different choices in their climb to the heights of financial power. But their fatal competition over Josefina Gaspa, the elusive woman both brothers want. Jophy will take any dare, run any risk; she will never yield her own wild sense of freedom to either of them.
Tip, exuberant and resourceful, with the magic gift of the born salesman, reflects the unbounded confidence of The American Century-from the extravagant Bull Market of the Roaring '20s, through those desperate days of the Great Crash, to the mutual fund empires of the '50s. The sky is his limit, all things are possible. He believes in the product-and in people. His brother Chapin, bred to their Aunt Serena's world of Boston wealth and privilege, is the arch manipulator: a collector of beautiful objects and even more beautiful people. Jophy has come into their lives like the south wind-and changed them irrevocably. Romantic, a woman of great passion, she scorns convention with the high courage of her grandmother Annabella. She seeks the far horizons and forbidden shores that once lured her Portuguese forebears-a desire that leads to betrayal, and a terrible vengeance.
Here is a novel in the grand tradition-as rich, as various, as urgent in its themes as America itself. Bold in scope and characters, it moves from Cape Cod waters and Boston mansions to the penthouses of those Wall Street speculators who brought the nation once to ruin. In its evocation of our recent past, A Green Desire speaks eloquently of today.« less