Houston in the 1920s is a city of established cotton kings and newly rich oil barons, where the elite live in beaux art mansions behind the gates of Courtlandt Place. Kirby Augustus Allen, grandson of the Allen brothers who founded Houston as a real estate deal, is grooming his daughter Hetty to marry Lamar Rusk, scion of the Splendora oil fortune. Instead, at the No-Tsu-Oh Carnival of 1928, beautiful, rebellious Hetty encounters a mysterious man from Montana dressed in the gear of a wildcatter - an outsider named Garret MacBride.
Hetty is torn between Lamar's lavish courtship and her instinctive connection to Garret. As Lamar's wife, she would be guaranteed acceptance to the highest ranks of Houston society. Yet Garret, poor but powerfully ambitious, offers the adventure she craves, with rendezvous in illicit jazz clubs and reckless nights of passion. The men's intense rivalry extends to business, as rumors of a vast, untapped ocean of oil in East Texas spark a frenzy that can make fortunes - or shatter lives and dreams beyond repair.
©2014 Duncan W. Alderson (P)2014 Tantor
"Alderson's debut novel plays like smooth jazz." (Harper's Bazaar)
It is great to hear the voices.
Heddy.....he did a great job managing the spanish, too.
I wanted to savor it!
Great story. I am 7th generation Houstonian and the writer did a great job researching the story. Lovely and it captured the history and richness. Superb!
No. I think it's important to be sure the narrator can pronounce the Spanish correctly in a book so heavily laden with it.
Pretty good, but he needed coaching in Spanish.
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