The Last Convertible Author:Anton Myrer Sometimes there is a golden novel that recaptures a golden time, never to be again: the lost promise of an entire generation. For Americans who came of age in the '40's-and for millions more who would like to have been there-that novel will be THE LAST CONVERTIBLE. It celebrates the high pride of those innocent years when, top down, racing under... more » the stars or dancing to the big bands of Goodman or Dorsey, that most romantic and exuberant generation faced the dark days of war.
The last convertible is a magnificent Packard Super 8, owned successively by five Harvard classmates of divergent backgrounds. This unlikely fraternity of five calls itself the Fusiliers-as wild, as carefree a bunch as ever danced the Lindy or shag. They name the convertible the Empress, and the great car will become their standard-the setting for their love affairs, rivalries, disasters; shared by the women they win and lose, the rebellious children they bring up; their quarrels and reconcilitations, loyalties and betrayals. The Empress is all convertibles ever raced by young men in pursuit of their dreams-into a seemingly boundless future.
This is the story of Jean des Barres, first of the Fusiliers, aristocratic, worldly, escaped from France one step ahead of the Germans; of Russ Currier, blue-blooded Brahmin, romantic, mercurial, irresistible to women; of beautiful Chris Farris, the girl who is loved by two Fusiliers and is herself in love with a third; of Terry Gilligan, the sardonic lace-curtain Irishman who will drive the Empress to a new destiny with JFK; of Ron Dalrymple, ambitious and practical, utterly American; of Nancy Van Breymer, who can never face the truth about herself; and Liz Payne, who can.
Above all, this is the story of George Virdon, conscience to the group, whose destiny it is to hold them all together-who is first to see that Kay Madden, the enameled Hollywood enchantress, can wantonly destroy the solidarity of the Fusiliers forever. It is George who finds himself charged, by the son of the woman he has loved all his life, with revealing the truth about their past.
In this remarkable novel spanning three decades, Anton Myrer has given us a searching, compassionate portrait of the way we really were-the portrait of a generation's struggle, in war and peace, to come to terms with itself.« less