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New York/Siena by Steven Key Meyers

New York/Siena

by Steven Key Meyers

240 pages
Two period takes on American ways of "growing up"!

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About the Book
Two sharply rendered, weirdly palindomic novels: "The Man Who Owned New York" follows the Kansas farmer who goes to New York in 1907 to reclaim the family property, and the sympathetic young Episcopal priest who will commit a crime to help. In "Springtime in Siena," a hungry young academic leads a 1974 semester abroad. Knowing his charges are less interested in Italy's art than in sex, Gary sleeps with his students of both sexes, ending up more hungry than before.

Young Father Stackpole opens the All Angels rectory door on a 1907 morning. On the steps, ready or not, he finds waiting a new world - indeed, a new life. For a grown man so handsome, so accomplished, so-so All-American-Stackpole is singularly guileless, as though at birth he had stepped on an escalator of success. With the dash of a Rover Boy (his nickname is "Dick Rover", he has zipped untainted through Groton, Yale, and Divinity to a sinecure as secretary to ambitious Father Day, rector of All Angels, Manhattan's richest Episcopal parish. Father Stackpole's escalator seems headed for a bishopric.

But on the doorstep he learns that Mr. Denton Slaughter of Ellinwood, Kansas, has arrived in New York to punch a down button. With him to New York Slaughter has brought sweeping mustaches, a loin-stirring beauty, his daughter, Delia, and a gripping story to bolster his claim that All Angels gained its wealth a century earlier by stealing the ancestral Slaughter farm - 200 fertile acres in Lower Manhattan, which has blossomed with skyscrapers, Wall Street, and a valuation of one billion dollars.

Is Slaughter the likely heir he claims to be and a peril to All Angels and its good works? Or a fraud? Whatever, Father Day charges Stackpole to get rid of the pesky Kansan. But Slaughter's proofs look irresistible, as do Delia's charms. It takes Dick Rover and a "gaudy crime" for Father Stackpole to find "my own true path."

"Springtime in Siena" takes us to storied Tuscany for a semester abroad with seventeen undergrads led by Gary, an obscure, ruthless, and self-delusive university instructor. Looking back over that magic springtime years later, Gary fastens a tell-all eye on what his sex-charged students were up to. For him it was a pivotal time. Under the tutelage first of a disastrous affair and then by falling in love, he says, he determined to abandon the lifestyle that debarred me from the world's respect - and seek success and importance in the museum world. Could he? Did he? At what price?


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About the Author
Steven Key Meyers Steven Key Meyers was born on a farm near Grand Junction, Colorado, raised in various Midwestern and Eastern locales, and now lives in rural Indiana. His novels include "Good People" and "All That Money."



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