Eden Close by Anita Shreve

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After many years away, Andrew returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. He plans to remain only a few days, but is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend, the beautiful Eden Close. An adoptee, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did. Andrew recalls the night he was awakened by gunshots and screams from the next farm: Mr. Close was killed and Eden blinded. Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story - to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife and tormented girl. As the truth about Eden's past comes to light, so too does Andrew's strange and blinding attachment to the girl herself.

"Its insights are keen, its language measured and haunting." (New York Times Book Review)


About Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.
Published January 1, 1989 by Futura. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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In beautifully rendered scenes (including trips to a childhood swimming hole that's got a special meaning) only occasionally marred by an overreaching for symbols, Andrew gradually draws the hesitant and reclusive Eden out again into life (always behind her rigidly disapproving mother's back), an...

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