Item description for Egrets to the Flames by Barbara Anton...
A steamy saga of love, passion, and greed, Egrets to the Flames introduces the Hamptons, a wealthy, privileged family of sugar cane growers.
Trouble in the fields: patriarch James Henry Hampton must struggle to maintain his holdings, as forces seek retribution for the egregious impact on the environment and the exploitation of Jamaican sugar cane cutters.
As he juggles a wife and a mistress, James Henry's family unravels. He must fight to save son Henny from self-destruction and a disastrous marriage to a field hand's pregnant daughter. Son Jeffrey and his bride face immeasurable loss, while daughter Melisandra marries an impoverished prince intent on taking her riches at any cost. In the end, James Henry will face his toughest battle yet -- a battle that may be his last.
Will the very things that hold this family together ultimately tear them apart?
A splendid story of the clash between old and new, and the struggle between holding on and letting go, Egrets to the Flames is a triumphant tale about ties, tradition, and temptation.
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More About Barbara Anton
Barbara Anton has won hundreds of awards for short stories, articles, light verse, poetry and plays. Thirty six of Anton's plays have been produced in New York. Born in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Barbara Anton lives in Sarasota, Florida.
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Sugar Cane Saga! Nov 12, 2007
Egrets are frantic birds that seem to fly into disaster while nearby vultures wait for the looming feast borne of the deathly chaos. In this case, the egrets dive into the infamous fires of James Henry Hampton's sugar cane plantation in southern Florida.
James Henry has worked hard to develop his sugar cane, sometimes by straight, hard work and at other times through paying off Senators and lobbyists who keep voting for subsidies to keep his empire prosperous. He's a tough-talking, no-nonsense kind of guy who loves his wife and three children but always seems to say the wrong thing that provokes the most dysfunctional results.
There's Henny, the crack-addicted rebel son who wants to marry the daughter of a plantation field hand. Daughter Melisandra has divorced the love of her life and now wants to marry a Prince who has nefarious, gold-digging motives for agreeing to her proposal. Then there's Jeff who has married a Japanese woman and moved to Japan but comes home for Mel's wedding, bringing his wife who may or may not experience the most warm-welcoming reception.
Add to the melee conflicts among James Henry, union negotiators and the environmentalists trying to get the Hamptons to consider more than just themselves.
Adult children learn from their parents and the unbelievably whirling dervish plot in this novel spins the reader through a cycle of breathtaking events. Passion, rebellion and unexpected traumas transform this amazing family in ways you will be unable to predict but never forget!
Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on November 12, 2007
I thought this book was exciting! Nov 8, 2007
This novel, fiery title aside, scorches through a host of twists and turns, seemingly bent on sending its characters through the tortures of hell, which, once the sugar-cane fields start burning next to the family mansion, don't seem that far away. A large cast of characters, all dependent in some way on the "cane", are torn apart (in one case, literally) and sometimes put back together, usually only to self-destruct again in spectacular fashion. A searing indictment of what money can do to a family.
top-notch Nov 8, 2007
This book reads like the script from an unproduced daytime soap: I was amazed at the head-spinning plot turns and couldn't help wonder whether this would be on TV someday. Even General Hospital would have trouble keeping up with the level of invention in this novel: seemingly every chapter grabs the wheel of the story and yanks it to the right or left, spinning off a cliff to land on the body of yet another dead or dishonored character from the novel. To borrow the novel's central metaphor, the characters are all egrets diving into the flames of the burning sugar-cane fields: they can't help it.
doesn't disappoint Nov 8, 2007
Egrets to the Flames strains at the seams with jaw-dropping cliffhangers and twists, determined to remain unpredictable at all costs. Set in Florida, on a sugar-cane impresario's estate, the novel features disease, hurricanes, drug-addicted profligate sons, racism, voodoo, and sex with all the wrong people. I half expected some of the dead bodies to come back with a hankering for sugar-coated flesh. Author Barbara Anton squeezes every last drop of melodrama from the sweaty setting.
head-spinning Nov 8, 2007
Barbara Anton plumbs the depths of family gone wrong in her fever dream novel, Egrets to the Flames. A saga of a Florida sugar-cane-growing family, the book packs over-the-top plot twists, steamy sex scenes and political subtext into its pages, which seem to drip with the Florida heat. The complicated hero/anti-hero, James Henry, the patriarch of the doomed family, stomps through the novel like a cross between Patton and a centaur, fighting and screwing his way through friend and enemy alike. He gets his just desserts in true Greek tragedy fashion. Makes soap operas look restrained.