Fallen by David Maine

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From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Eve and Adam, Abel and Cain---a novel of temptation and murder, of exile and loss.


Once expelled from the Garden, Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world's first family. Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon the adults must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God's motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life. In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family---one driven (and riven) by passions, jealousies, irrationality, and love. The result is an intimate, in-depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife---people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original.

 

About David Maine

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David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 257 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, History, Business & Economics. Fiction

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The New York Times

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David Maine's novel of family dysfunction features a familiar cast: Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel.

Oct 30 2005 | Read Full Review of Fallen

The Guardian

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Maine's cleverness is to tell their story in reverse, starting with Cain as a bitter old man waiting to die, and working his way back to the circumstances of Abel's murder and, ultimately, to Adam and Eve's traumatic banishment from the Garden of Eden.

Mar 03 2006 | Read Full Review of Fallen

Book Reporter

Now, with FALLEN, Maine returns to the Book of Genesis from the very beginning, exploring the story of Adam and Eve after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden, as well as the story of the world's first murder, when Adam and Eve's oldest son Cain killed his brother Abel.

Jan 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Fallen

AV Club

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For the second novel in a row, David Maine is mining the book of Genesis for material.

Sep 21 2005 | Read Full Review of Fallen

Bookmarks Magazine

Janet Maslin Richmond Times-Dispatch 4 of 5 Stars "Where Maine shines is in his ability to use keen psychological insight as well as an understanding of human foibles to make these familiar characters seem real.

Aug 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Fallen

The New York Review of Books

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