Haunting and intriguing! I enjoyed this book very much!Very well written. I requested and read this book, because I loved The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, Fortune's Rocks,The Last Time They Met, and Light On Snow. I guess you can say that I am an Anita Shreve fan! She is a brilliant author. She crafts a great tale. I love her books. Maybe you will, too! Great prose. Almost lyrical in her choice of words. Brilliant example of the art of the written word.
Great story! Some love and romance, some mystery and intrigue. Believable characters in semi-believable circumstances. Andy, Eden Close and her mother and father Edith and Jim are all intertwined in a rape, a murder, the blinding of a young girl and a small town in Kansas where everyone knows everyone elde's business, or think they do. I recommend this as an excellent read!
I got this book from this site for reading with my book discussion group. We had a great discussion of it. We not only liked the story, but were entranced by Shreves use of words and phrases, her description of physical surroundings, her insight into people's feelings, especially of those suffering emotional hurts. We were very impressed that it is her first novel. Others made a bigger 'splash' - The Pilot's Wife, etc. - but we think this one deserves lots of readers.
Begun in a way that immediately catches the reader's attention, this is a compelling story, made even more evocative by the use of spare language, leaving just the right amount to the reader's imagination. I love how Shreve revealed bits and pieces of the important event of 20 years prior as the story progressed. This is one book that I shall remember for a long while and recommend to others.
I did not enjoy this one as much as some of the others written by Anita Shreve. As soon as I began to realize that this was a case of incest, it soured my taste for the storyline. I was a bit disappointed. I've read better by Anita.
Odd romance/mystery considering the author. I enjoyed this light read, despite how easy it was to figure out the mystery. I've read most of Shreve's books, and never would have guessed she had written this one.
Anita Shreve tells a compelling story of a foundling baby girl raised by a mother who didn't want her and a father who doted on her. Andrew is the boy next door who loves her like a sister. Not until he returns to this small town after 19 years for his mother's funeral, does he realize how obsessed he is with finding out the truth about her and her family. Shreve writes with guarded language and the tension slowly builds to a stunning climax. What a great read!!
I've read several Anita Shreve's books and found
them very interesting. "Eden Close", however, was
a very dull and boring book. The author took the
first half of the book to set the scene etc. and
the rest just plodded along slowly to the end.
Skip this one.
First book by Shreve; love being in her world; Very Ann Tylerish....Andrew, after many years away, return to his hometown for his mother's funeral and is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door.
At first I didn't think I was going to like this book. It was slightly confusing because it jumped back and forth between past and present without warning. I'm glad I stuck with it though because it ended up being a pretty good story.
Andrew left home nearly twenty years ago, after a neighboring farm is devastated by disaster and heartbreak. Now he must pack up and sell his family home and is drawn to reconnect with his neighbor Eden Close, and find out what really happened that night.
After many years away, Andrew returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. While there he is drawn into the tragic legacy of a childhood friend, Eden Close. Young and beautiful, Eden had sought the attention of Andrew's friends and acceptance from a mother who didn't want her. When the sounds of gunshots echoed through the town one night, however, Eden's life was changed forever. Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to unravel the layers of thwarted love in Eden's tormented family.