Eden: A Novel
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bobbieharv - LibraryThing
I love her books; love her writing; love the leisurely pace that develops the characters. The structure, where each chapter was devoted to a different character, recurring throughout the book, worked ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - unknown_zoso05 - LibraryThing
Eden is a novel about a handful of characters, their lives and the intersection of them in a moshav outside of Tel Aviv. The most striking personality is Roni, a teenage girl who has lived in the U.S ... Read full review
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