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Seeing Green by [Hertz, Annabel]
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About the Author

Annabel Hertz is the author of Seeing Green, a political humor novel about a young activist's jaunt into the world of environmentalism. This "fresh and feminist" narrative draws upon her leadership roles with NGOs and seeks to engage new audiences in international policy-making and non-profiteering. Annabel is currently an advisor to international think tanks and start-ups. As an artist, her paintings have sold in cafes, fundraising auctions, and citywide exhibitions. Like Arcani, Seeing Green's protagonist, she grew up in San Francisco and lives on espresso and avocados.
 

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  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0076DH020
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,255 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An enjoyable visit to the early 90s. The protagonist is clearly more young, idealistic, and naïve at the beginning of the story than at the end and it was fun watching several of the characters learn and grow throughout. This book is just fun. Having been in Washington for the Clinton Inauguration, I found the author's telling of the event to be very true to life. Arcani, the protagonist telling the first-person story is a young woman driven by her background and caught up in trying to build a better future for the world - if ONLY the world would comply. The descriptions of NGO office politics and Congressional interactions are spot-on. This book is just fun. Enjoy!
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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.
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This book was engaging and informative from start to finish, as Ms. Hertz cleverly interwove the protagonist's personal/relationship escapades with her efforts and ambitions on the NGO front during a political turnover in D.C. I enjoyed the freshness of the protagonist, her trials, introspection, and her personal and professional growth as she confronts, grapples with, and reaches resolution on points of uncertainty and conflict in her life. I also gained insight into the tactical dance between NGOs, politicians, and the challenges of working for global change. We need more 'characters' like Arcani! I look forward to the next work from this author.
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Arcani Kirsch is an environmentally conscious individual of Hopi and Jewish heritage. You like her the minute you meet her and the rest of the characters she meets along the way. Even the ones she really doesn't care for. It has a lot of comedic elements to it and you might even learn a thing or two about something you may or may not have had any interest in. So be prepared for a humorous tale that will keep you engrossed till the end and you'll enjoy every bit of it
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book, which seemed to poke fun at those of us who work in the environmental field...

Truth is, I couldn't put it down! The story is believable, and so much fun. First layer is politics not just in Congress but intra-office rivalries in a small donor-dependent nonprofit. Then, add a host of minor characters you can just picture including a flighty, wealthy CEO and a manic, control-freak Senate chief of staff. And there are small details sprinkled in that make it richer and more real, including a jogging-on-the-Washington-Mall scene and description of a group called "the pantheon," an Est- or Forum-style self-improvement cult that does indeed include Washington advocates in its fold (trust me, I've met some).

I didn't want the ride to end, and in a sign that the author has struck a resonant, lasting chord when I did reach the last page I wondered what would happen next to the protagonist and her co-workers. And that's probably the best reason to read the book, other than the colorful and at-times-hilarious scenes -- the author has created compelling characters, ones that evoke an easy camaraderie but who have smile-inducing foibles that keep them from being saccharine sweet. And within the book about the Washington scene, and environmental group dynamics, is a really touching and even gritty story of family life and its challenges and rewards.

There's a lot to like here, and it's all packaged in a felicitously fast-moving, tightly organized narrative.

Highly recommended for any fans of fiction, particularly historical fiction.
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I loved Arcani as a heroine. She is very intelligent and funny and sassy and a bit sexy.. There ought to be a movie or a series featuring Arcani.
I enjoyed her version of DC politics and felt like I had the inside track of what really goes on. Kudos to the author for writing such a COOL book.
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Once I went to the store for a bag of cheese puffs but instead accidentally grabbed a bag of shrimp flavored puffs. I was appalled at my mistake when I got home, but tried them anyway, just to say I did, before I tossed the bag. A couple of hours later, licking the last salty yummy crumbs off my fingers, I devoured the entire bag. This book is similar in that I did not think I would like it. I ended up ripping through it...and wanting more.

Seeing Green is an honest tale told from a young woman's perspective. I found myself easily drawn into a contemporary story of family dynamics, the missteps and travails of romantic connections and hopes, and the obsessive enthusiasm of a young professional career. The story conveys the passion and energy of those who helped shape environmental policy in the early Clinton years, told with the authenticity of someone from that world, but without being a preachy, narrow tome.

Seeing Green is a story of growth and life. It draws you in, keeps you engaged, and just like that bag of shrimp puffs, is an unexpected and enjoyable experience.
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