Despite 'Seeing Green' being her first attempt at writing fiction, Annabel Hertz shows the prowess and deftness of an accomplished writer. The title and plot of the novel are based on environmental movement immediate post-Rio, but there is more to it then environmentalism. This is a novel about a flawed heroine, Arcani. Arcani, like many of us, has to deal with deficiencies (looks, ethnic heritage etc) that stop her from being part of the group that are designated as `most likely to succeed' at birth. Adding to her problems is her decision to find her own way to success and not to mimic or bow to the already successful. Hertz's magic is her masterful weaving of different parts of Arcani's existence with the atmosphere in the 1990's Washington. Power politics and idealism fight to take control of the new Clinton administration as they also try to control Arcani's life.
The difficulties Arcani faces professionally, have an analog in her personal life. Past experience, professional commitments and her flawed existence have made her afraid of opening to a new love interest.
Finally, Hertz has done us readers a favor by keep this novel sharp and focused. Around 200 pages in length, it can read and enjoyed in one or two sittings.