Eden: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, Oct 26, 2010 - Fiction - 496 pages
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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

Part Two
121
Part Three
235
Part Four
323
Part Five
449
About the Author
487
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Yael Hedaya is the head writer for In Treatment, the acclaimed Israeli TV series adapted for HBO. The author of Eden, Housebroken and Accidents, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2006, Hedaya teaches creative writing at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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