*A Thousand Words for Green,* a Bildungsroman spanning the years between the first Earth Day (April 1970) and its twentieth anniversary, is the story of a woman and the two very different men whose lives significantly intertwine with hers, and – tragically – with each other’s. This sprawling (250,000-word) tale, set in the “Golden Triangle” (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto), follows these three characters, as well as their close friends and colleagues, as they search for meaning and belonging in the time of acid rain, Three-Mile Island, and Chernobyl. Their stories are set against the backdrop of the local and global environmental movement: as it promises to become a major societal force in the early 1970s, then dips out of public favor as conservative leaders rise to power in Canada, the USA and Great Britain, and finally finds rebirth at the start of the hopeful 1990s.
oh dear dog recycle me now.
250,000 words is of course twice as long as any self respecting novel should be.
You're lost in character description here and formless blather. Be specific. Any time people start telling me novels are about issues I want to hit them over the head with a Jodi Picoult book (because I guess you could say she writes about contemporary issues but mostly she writes captivating stories about people I want to know more about)
What's the main character's name? What's her problem? Why are these two guys in lust with her?
If you are having a hard time figuring out how to write a hook for this, go read some Marge Piercy novels and write hooks for them. Practice on something that isn't your own work to see how to do it.
Then start again. And here's a a chainsaw for those pages. Apply with vigor.