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2.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 52.2 out of 5 2.20 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frederic Tuten Narrator: Celeste Lawson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this elegant and sensual novel, Frederic Tuten explores the ageless tension between a life of passion and a desire for ease. Set in Paris and New York, The Green Hour tells the story of Dominique, an art historian who struggles to choose between two men who embody the critical schism in her life: unquenchable idealism and material happiness.

The novel etches the career of this extraordinary woman from her rebellious college years to the present. What unfolds is a passionate love story in which Dominique is torn by her destructive devotion to her first love, the seductive Rex, who periodically appears and disappears from her life, and Eric, a wealthy businessman deeply bound to her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawson’s performance is earnest and touching. She provides the necessary humanity in Dominique’s deep commitment to her art, to the men who love her, and to a two-year-old with an old soul.”


  • The Green Hour effortlessly weaves the smart and the emotional. I felt moved and involved—and above all envious. I loved this novel and could not put it down.”

    Steve Martin, author of Shop Girl

  • “An engaging love story, quirky, cosmopolitan, full of upliftings and downturnings, hopes aroused and hopes defeated, challenges met and challenges not met, adult, skeptical, adventurous—all the nuances of attachment that Frederic Tuten renders so well.” 

    Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove

  • “Frederic Tuten is a valiant, gifted writer whose work honors literature.”

    Susan Sontag

  • “[Tuten] has consistently produced an oeuvre which is courageous, adventurous, intelligent, and highly original and has moments of haunting lyrical power.”

    American Academy of Arts and Letters

  • A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year in 2002

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cynthia | 9/15/2013

    " Started off okay. Then I got irritated, but all in all, there was something there. Certain chapters, certain parts. The main character was such an idiot; it was really hard to see why she picked that doofus for her life-long, cannot forget love! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chrysauna | 7/10/2011

    " Living with and growing beyond obsessive romantic love is depicted in a very real way in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Soni | 6/9/2011

    " It took me a while to get into this book. I did like the relationship between the characters but I think you need to be an art lover to really appreciate the main characters thought process and I thought the ending seemed rushed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl | 5/19/2011

    " I loved this because it's about an art historian. "

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About the Author

Frederic Tuten is the author of five novels, including Tintin in the New World and Van Gogh’s Bad Café. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York.