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Envious Moon

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by Thomas Christopher Greene

Envious Moon is a harrowing tale of the sometimes dark obsession, and often sensual beauty, that accompanies young love. With a nod to Romeo and Juliet and reminiscent of Endless Love, Thomas Christopher Greene tells the story of two young lovers and their journey to find perfection in each other's arms.

When young Anthony Lopes and his best

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Envious Moon is a harrowing tale of the sometimes dark obsession, and often sensual beauty, that accompanies young love. With a nod to Romeo and Juliet and reminiscent of Endless Love, Thomas Christopher Greene tells the story of two young lovers and their journey to find perfection in each other's arms.

When young Anthony Lopes and his best friend set out from the small fishing community of Galilee, Rhode Island, to commit what they believe will be a victimless crime, they never imagined that it would change their lives forever.

They expected the mansion on the island bluffs to be empty. But inside they find a man and his daughter, Hannah. Haunted by her fleeting image and convinced he can atone for what happens to her father, Anthony is determined to find her.

Filled with the dazzling narrative drive, lyric prose, and compelling characterizations that have earned Thomas Christopher Greene the admiration of Nelson DeMille, Bret Lott, and Susan Cheever, Envious Moon is a luminous, highly original, and riveting novel about what it means to love, and be loved.

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Publishers Weekly

As in Mirror Lakeand 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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School Library Journal

Adult/High School -Seventeen-year-old Anthony has followed in his late father's footsteps onto a fishing boat, but the lure of college (and college girls) means that he wouldn't turn down the chance to earn a little extra money. When his best friend comes up with a plan to rob a supposedly empty mansion on a nearby island, Anthony is the one who surprises, and is surprised by, the house's occupants. In a terrible moment, the man on the stairs is dead, but the teen begins an obsession with his beautiful daughter, later sneaking back to the island to meet her and begin a relationship. Like Flannery Culp in Daniel Handler's Basic Eight (St. Martin's, 1999), Anthony relates his story from a jail cell, and is, like Flannery, a sometimes unreliable narrator, a fact that is slowly revealed as his actions become more disturbing and letters from the girl's mother begin to show an alternate version of the events that he recounts. The all-consuming nature of adolescent love is a common theme, but the formality of Anthony's language gives this story an old-fashioned feel, while the intensity of his yearning drives the narrative. Readers will soon realize that Anthony is headed for big trouble, but his relentless quest for love will pull teens along for the ride.-Jenny Gasset, Orange County Public Library, CA

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Kirkus Reviews
A mistake leads to obsession and tragedy in this stark modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet. Anthony Lopes spent the first 17 years of his life in the blue-collar Portuguese-American neighborhood of Galilee, R.I., wanting nothing more than to be a fisherman, like his late father and all the straightforward, strapping men he knows. But a chance discovery by a friend tempts the young man into one foolish move, and an attempted burglary of a supposedly empty house results in both death and love. The death is accidental, as Anthony pushes a man over a stair railing in order to escape. But before that fatal moment, a brief meeting in the dark between Anthony and the victim's daughter marks them both. The young woman, Hannah Forbes, may be summering at a nearby island, but she belongs to another world. Unlike Anthony, a poor high-school dropout, she's rich, her Rhode Island summer only a break from the prestigious girls' school she attends in a ritzy Connecticut suburb. He arranges a beach meeting, and before she knows who he is, they fall into heedless teenage love. When he's captured and jumps bail, they run away together to a romantic finale-or at least that's how the older, hospitalized Anthony remembers it. The book is told in flashbacks, and the suggestion that Anthony might be plagued by mental instability casts doubt on his story. The plain prose is curiously cool and can be distancing, but Shakespeare, as reinterpreted by Greene (I'll Never Be Long Gone, 2005, etc.), still has the power to shock.

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Envious Moon

Chapter One

I confess that sometimes I forget what she looks like. This upsets me. It doesn't last for long, though, and lately I've developed a trick. I anchor myself in her freckles, those lovely freckles that covered her cheeks, and then I see her eyes, and her hair, and soon all of her comes into focus. Dr. Mitchell says this is a good sign, my forgetting. It means it's time to move on, Anthony. You're still a young man, he says. The funny thing is that at first they spend all this time having you remember everything. Go over every detail and then suddenly they don't want to talk about it anymore. They want you to think about the future. They'll tell you they believe in memory but the truth is they don't. They want you to erase all that now. It's such a big world out there, Anthony, they say. It could all be yours again. It could all be yours.

I was born in Galilee, Rhode Island, that small spit of land jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. My father used to say our house faced Portugal, which is where he was from. My mother, too, though they met in Galilee. My father's name was Rodrigo and he was a fisherman. My mother's name was Berta and for years she cooked at a small college in Westerly. I was an only child. There was one who came after me, a little sister, Marta, but she lived for less than a week. I was two when that happened so I don't remember it. But I know it had a strong effect on both my parents. They told me later that I spent most of her one week of life just staring at her in her crib. Every year we celebrated her birthday as if she had been a normal sister, someone I had known.

We lived in a small bungalow in aneighborhood of small bungalows built by fishermen for fishermen. Houses painted bright colors but built on cinder blocks with small fenced-in yards. Almost everyone who lived in Galilee made their living from the sea and in our neighborhood everyone was also Portuguese. My earliest memories are all about the ocean. We had only a small sandy yard and so the harbor and the commercial wharves, the beaches and the inlets, the tidal streams and rivers, were my playground. My father fished on commercial boats and was often gone for as long as a month at a time during the season. My mother rose early to cook breakfast for college students. My best friend, Victor Perez, who lived one street away, and I were our own keepers. As small boys we swam in the tidal river on warm days, leaping off the bridge that crossed it. We fished off the rocky beach and by seven I could gut a fish by myself. We were from poor families and were expected to work, so we did what we could. We delivered newspapers and shoveled snow in the winter. We washed down decks of boats. Stacked wood. Dug clams out of the tidal flats and brought them in buckets down to Teagan's Seafood. And when my father was in between trips, he'd bring the two of us out at night on his small skiff to fish for blues and stripers. He'd lean against the gunwale and roll his own cigarettes and teach us everything he knew about fishing. He liked to talk and he liked to tell stories. My father was tall and handsome with thick hair and a prominent mustache. He had a quick temper but also a quick wit and he was my hero. Victor's too, I think. Victor's father drank and Victor spent as little time as he could at home. He was always at my house and I considered him a brother. As did my parents. And those times on the skiff are some of my most treasured memories. I wanted to be a man like my father. Roll my own cigarettes and wear my jeans tucked into mud boots. Have strong veiny forearms and a good mustache. Piercing brown eyes. Tell stories like he did.

The summer I turned ten my father got a new job on the Mavis, a swordboat. Swordfishing was the most lucrative of the commercial fishing jobs and that was a good summer and he made good money. We ate steak on nights he returned and listened to Red Sox games on the radio. The happiest nights of my life were the nights when he came home. We never knew when to expect him because a fishing boat only returns when it is full of fish or out of fuel. But somehow I could sense when he was on land. I don't know how to describe it and maybe it was just luck. But he was never able to surprise us. I'd stand in the front yard and watch the street and think, he's going to turn the corner now. It was like I was willing him to be there. And on those moments when I was right, I'd see him in the distance in the summer heat, at first only a figure outlined against the hot day. But there was no mistaking him, his walk. I'd run out to the street to him, yelling his name and when I got close, he'd stop and wait for me. He'd hold his arms out wide and smile. I'd jump into his arms and smell his cigarettes and all the fish he had caught. His sweat. He'd hold me up and kiss my cheeks and then put me down and tell me to get my mother. And it didn't matter how tired he was, we'd still spend hours kicking a soccer ball back and forth in the road. He'd tell me stories about life at sea. I wanted nothing more than to be on a boat with him. To learn to fish as he did and sometimes when I told him this, his mood changed. You won't be a fisherman, Anthony, he said.

Envious Moon. Copyright © by Thomas Greene. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Meet the Author

Thomas Christopher Greene was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Educated at Hobart College and the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College, he is the author of Mirror Lake and I'll Never Be Long Gone. He currently lives outside Montpelier, Vermont, with his wife, Tia, their infant daughter, and their three dogs.

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Envious Moon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Christopher Greene has written a suspenseful literary thriller about the meaning of identity, class and perception in America. While the book is, on the surface, a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it can be read on a number of a levels. It reminds one of the late Patricia Highsmith, who wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. Is it a simple mystery, or is there something broader at work here? This book kept me up late at night and made me think long after I had finished its pages. The plot twists are plausible and surprising, and the prose is nothing short of elegant. Some readers may wish it were longer, but there is little else to quibble with here.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Galilee, Rhode Island, seventeen-year-old Anthony Lopes lives with his widowed mother. He plans to work at sea like his deceased father, a fisherman, did. However, he and his best friend Victor decide to break into the affluent home of a recently deceased woman where they will rob anything of value. --- However, during the theft, Anthony notices a shadow of a female at the top of nearby steps. He feels frozen in place, as all he can manage is staring at the female shadow. Meanwhile her father jumps Anthony. In the scuffle, the older man falls down the steps to his death. Anthony is stunned as he never meant to harm anyone. Filled with guilt, he desperately needs the female silhouette to pardon his sin. He stalks this Hannah Forbes with his obsession for her to give him total absolution so that he can then declare his love for her. However, he maneuvers meeting Hannah and they share deep feelings although he hides what he caused from her until the police arrest him for murdering her father. --- ENVIOUS MOON is a deep character driven suspense thriller that focuses on the destructiveness of obsessions. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plausible twists including a stunner at the end. Anthony is a fascinating intelligent individual who believes his love for the silhouette can overcome anything. Readers will appreciate Thomas Christopher Greene¿s taut tale as the lead protagonist goes about proving his basic assertion regardless of the cost to others. --- Harriet Klausner