Eden by Yael Hedaya
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From the head writer of the original In Treatment, an exquisite novel of the maturation of a girl, a family, and an entire community



Eden is no paradise: it is the stifling, rural community in which upscale urban escapees, Alona and Mark, drift apart and divorce under the resentful scrutiny of Roni, Mark's needy adolescent daughter. Against a rich panorama of Eden's oldtimers and newcomers, Mark, an emotionally detached architect, begins an involvement with his ex-wife's best friend, Dafna, who is desperately trying to conceive through the torments of technology, while sixteen-year-old Roni pursues the attention of older men by readily dispensing sexual favors. Over the course of one month, Roni's self-dramatizing turns to tragedy, her parents are jolted out of their absorbing concerns, and a new family structure begins to form out of an unlikely set of characters.



Through a portrait of family entanglements, disappearing countryside, and disappointed expectations, Yael Hedaya, a determinedly plainspoken novelist, has brilliantly mapped the social and emotional ecology of midlife and achieved miracles of insight and understanding.


 

About Yael Hedaya

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Yael Hedaya was born in Jerusalem in 1964. She is a journalist and humor columnist for the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot. Housebroken has been translated into Dutch, German, French, and Italian; it is Hedaya's first book to appear in English.
 
Published October 26, 2010 by Metropolitan Books. 496 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Call it Peyton Place with Uzis: Israeli novelist Hedaya finds the worm in an exceedingly shiny apple.

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Although Eden’s characters are secular the book reflects Jewish values that strongly support marriage, parenting, and generational continuity.Anglophone readers who also read Hebrew are advised to read the English version first;

Oct 26 2010 | Read Full Review of Eden: A Novel

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The book delves into the lives of the main characters and the novel flows from there, exploring the inner lives and actions of Eden’s populous.

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Against a rich panorama of Eden's oldtimers and newcomers, Mark, an emotionally detached architect, begins an involvement with his ex-wife's best friend, Dafna, who is desperately trying to conceive through the torments of technology, while sixteen-year-old Roni pursues the attention of older men...

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