Envious Moon: A Novel

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Envious Moon: A Novel

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As in Mirror Lake and I'll Never Be Long Gone, Greene deals with the theme of paternal loss to striking effect in his third novel, a book as incandescent as it is disturbing. Seventeen-year-old Anthony Lopes, who lives with his mother in the working-class town of Galilee, R.I., has prepared himself for a life at sea, like his late fisherman father before him. Yet one night, he and his best friend decide to rob the house of a wealthy lady, who's recently deceased, and his life goes irreversibly wrong. During the robbery, Anthony is hypnotized by a young woman's silhouette at the top of the stairs and doesn't see her father crouched in the darkness. In the struggle, the man falls from the staircase and is killed. Horrified and filled with remorse, Anthony becomes obsessed with the girl, Hannah Forbes, and begins a tortured, all-consuming odyssey to earn her forgiveness and convince her of his love. This richly detailed novel, its tone gentle but heavy with foreboding, is a powerful tale of chance, love, loss and redemption. (May)
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Anthony didn't mean to kill the man. The 17-year-old didn't even know the house was occupied when he broke in to steal the money his friend Victor had told him about. No sooner has he found the cash and started down the stairs than a light goes on and--looking back from the shadows--he sees a girl about his age and so beautiful that he is transfixed. And that's when the man--her father--comes up behind him; there's a struggle, and the man falls over the railing to his death. Anthony flees, but he can't get the girl out of his mind. Finally he resolves to meet her, and they fall in love. Or so Anthony tells us. But not every narrator is reliable, and the reader soon begins to suspect that something strange is going on. Greene's third novel combines elements of romance and suspense effectively enough to create a readable and swift-paced story of obsession that makes for a diverting but sometimes predictable read. Michael Cart
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