Eden, Ohio by Shawne Johnson

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Communities share history and hope, lamentations and lore. Through the fictional town of Eden, Ohio, enchanting new talent Shawne Johnson captures a locale where all of the contradictions of heritage converge.

Established by twelve runaway slave families who named their new home after paradise, Eden’s picturesque landscape is deceptively lush. Matriarch Eliza, who has been blessed with a powerful intuition, guided the twelve runaway slaves to freedom. Though Eden was founded on freedom, an undercurrent of violence burdens all the town’s inhabitants. Eliza’s female descendants, each bearing her name and the burden of her blessings, nurture Eden even as the town’s inhabitants forget the sacrifices of their ancestors—an ingratitude that could turn perilous. Seamstress Aspasia treasures her family but can’t escape her feelings of emptiness. Though labeled a lunatic, Hawk Eye has the ability to foresee death and decipher truth when others are blind to it. And at the novel’s heart is Jeremiah, who left Eden years ago to pursue his dreams but must now return with a shameful secret.

Just as Johnson’s Getting Our Breath Back deftly portrayed intertwining characters at a series of poetic crossroads, Eden, Ohio takes readers on a journey filled with beauty and compassion.


About Shawne Johnson

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Also the author of "Getting Our Breath Back," Shawne Johnson holds a masters degree in literature from Temple University and has served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique, Africa.
Published January 26, 2004 by Dutton Adult. 215 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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They set the houses of Eden on fire and then are hacked to bits in a night of blood and thunder, watched by Eliza’s daughter (also named Eliza).

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The friends were forever bound by a shared secret, but when Jeremiah returns home, Aspasia's sister Eliza, born with the healing gifts of her namesake ancestors, helps him make peace with the past and prepare for the future.

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