Eden Close

Eden Close

Anita Shreve / Oct 17, 2019

Eden Close A compelling tale of edgy small town emotions lingering obsession and romantic salvation Andrew after many years returns to his hometown to attend his mother s funeral Planning to remain only a f

  • Title: Eden Close
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780156031332
  • Page: 403
  • Format: Paperback
  • A compelling tale of edgy, small town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother s funeral Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did nA compelling tale of edgy, small town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother s funeral Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did She also aimed to please Andrew and his friends, first by being one of the boys and later by seducing them Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm Mr Close had been killed and Eden blinded Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl And as the truth about Eden s past comes to light, so too does Andrew s strange and binding attachment to her reveal itself.

    Eden Close by Anita Shreve In the book Eden Close by Anita Shreve, a young man named Andrew returns to his childhood house after the death of his mother to attend the funeral and pack up the house and try to sell it The longer Andrew stays renovating his old home, the childhood memories flood his mind. Eden Close Anita Shreve Books Anita Shreve s First Novel, Eden Close was a tantalizing image of the form and character her future books would take Mysterious, compelling and contagious, the story is gripping Shreve s book are easy to read and easy to like. Fiction Book Review Eden Close by Anita Shreve, Author She and Andrew had been best friends before puberty complicated their relationship, and now Andrew, looking to the past for clues to his future, reconnects with Eden. Eden Close Summary Study Guide BookRags Eden Close is the first novel by acclaimed romance author, Anita Shreve In this novel, Andrew returns to his childhood home to bury his mother and prepare the house for sale The time Andrew spends in this home he has rarely visited in nineteen years, the memories of his childhood flood his mind. Anita Shreve Eden Close Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm Mr Close had been killed and Eden blinded Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl. Eden Close by Anita Shreve, Paperback Barnes Noble Eden Close is a book that really stood out among the ones that I have read I just found that the story encompasses so many things I had been looking for in other fiction that I have read I Eden Close, Anita Shreve Paperback Book 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 EDEN CLOSE by Anita Shreve Kirkus Reviews Ghost in the closet formula given new life, especially in Shreve s fine handling of the lovable, reemerging Eden Andrew, too, is as good a guy as they come, and one roots for these two all the way in their almost doomed love A compelling page turner that, by end, is also brimful of goodness. Eden Close book by Anita Shreve Thriftbooks Eden Close was a childhood friend of Andrew, he being seventeen at the time of the murder, and Eden only fourteen He recalls the blossoming of their friendship, the recklessness that was part of Eden s personality, and the murder of her father that was still a mystery to Andrew all these years later. Eden Close by Anita Shreve OverDrive Rakuten OverDrive Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm Mr Close had been killed and Eden blinded Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl.

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        Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts just outside Boston , the eldest of three daughters Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites and everything Eugene O Neill ever wrote while she was a senior to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston In the middle of her last year, she quit something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now to start writing I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories I really could have, she says , she published her early work in literary journals One of these stories, Past the Island, Drifting, won an O Henry prize Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn t make a living writing short fiction Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa.Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and dozens of others In 1989, she published her first novel, Eden Close Since then she has written 12 other novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot s Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, and Body Surfing.In 1998, Shreve received the PEN L L Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilot s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah s Book Club and an international bestseller In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot s Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters Still in love with the novel form, Shreve writes only in that genre The best analogy I can give to describe writing for me is daydreaming, she says A certain amount of craft is brought to bear, but the experience feels very dreamlike Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13 She has two children and three stepchildren, and in the last eight years has made tuition payments to seven colleges and universities.


    255 Comments

    1. This is Anita Shreve's debut novel and it has everything that makes a novel a pleasure to read, and what it did was set the standard for the 19 novels that Shreve now has to her credit. It has a great story and characters as all of her novels do, but this first one remains one of my favorites.


    2. Anita Shreve is another flowery-prose-and-cliche-lovers. I read Lisa's ([/user/show/10]) copy of this book that she found shoved under her oil tank.It was okay. The plot isn't very memorable. In fact, I had to check to refresh myself on it to write this review. I remember the relationship between Andrew and Eden as being sweet. Unfortunately, the thing I remember most clearly are the tired cliches and nauseating flowery descriptions. Too many words, just say what you mean! I'm an aspiring write [...]


    3. They Made Me read this book in College and it was one of the worst periods of my life. Not because of anything happening to me, except the reading of this book. I'm unlikely to re-read it, so I'll attempt a review from a very old memoryDire is the word that comes to mind. Very thin, very clichéd plot with some of the worst characters I've ever come across. The prose was flowery, twee and just the slowest. I hated it back then, I truly did. I hate myself for being able to remember this book, too [...]


    4. I'm trying to understand what the author was aiming for as she wrote this book. As another reviewer wrote, one could see where this book was headed from a mile away, so one assumes that Ms. Shreve wasn't trying to write a mystery or build up to a surprise ending. The writing, although a bit odd sylistically, wasn't particularly beautiful or interesting (although there were certainly some well-turned phrases and some well described scenes -- brushing hair, the pond), so Ms. Shreve couldn't have w [...]


    5. I am fairly assured that when I pick up an Anita Shreve book I am going to enjoy the reading and the unpredictability that seems to be a hallmark for her.This was no different. Apparently one of her older ones and unknown to me until I picked it up at a book sale, it was no less appealing from being somewhat outdated. She takes a situation, infuses it with humanness and the random bits of detail needed to pique interest and gradually, without seeming to be doing so, reels you into the suspense a [...]


    6. This book reminded me of why I used to love Anita Shreve so much. I love the way her earlier books are written- their pace, atmosphere and quietude. The story takes place on an isolated farmland and oscillates between the main character Andrew's present day (which was the 80s) and his youth 20 years prior. Both timelines unfold together and past becomes entwined with present and long held secrets are finally uncovered in the last few pages.I would have not have guessed this was her first novel e [...]


    7. This was a book I picked up on my lunch break for something to read while I ate. I just grabbed a book off the new books shelf at the book store and started in. I had no idea what to expect. The book is about a man, Andrew, who comes back to his childhood home after his mother passes away. He has not been home much to visit since he left for college and has not stayed in touch with anyone from town, including his next door neightbor, Eden Close the girl he grew up with. Eden had been his tom boy [...]


    8. Having a good friend is very important in our life. Make a good friend is not as easy as we tought. A good friend will always be there when we need it. He/She will always give us a spirit to reach something. He/She will not forget us even he's/she's not close to us. Beside that, I also learned about how to be a good person. Sometimes we didn't realize what we are doing. We never think about the effect from what we have done. We never think if theres a good or bad thing will come to us. Then, at [...]


    9. It's about a man who returns to his hometown after his mother dies. He's been gone for 17 years; he left for college not long after his next door neighbor was shot and his daughter assaulted. The daughter, Eden Close, was one of his best friends growing up. She's next door again, living with her mom.While he's home, Andrew starts to delve into the story of what actually happened that night and why Eden's mom is so protective of her.I only have one Anita Shreve book left. :( I hope she releases a [...]


    10. Here's how Anita Shreve is not like Mae West: when she's good, she's very good, but when she's bad, she's pretty mundane.This is not one of her good books, in my opinion. I saw the big climax coming from a mile away. I thought the emotions were clunky in this one, and some big questions remained unanswered--like why did Eden choose to remain living with her mother?The thing that redeemed this book was it had a nice happy ending. But I would give this one a pass.


    11. Anita Shreve has written much better novels. I guessed too quickly where the plot was going, partly because of a blurb that gave just a little too much away, and my prime sentiment when working my way through it was impatience. Not much originality here.


    12. I really liked the book. It was sort af mystery/love story. The writing was detailed enough that I felt I could see everything for myself.


    13. I wish I could write like Anita Shreve. She uses words to create pictures, almost like watching a movie. I was so pulled into the characters and the unraveling mystery that I devoured this book in just a few days. Not my absolute Anita Shreve book but a winner.


    14. I started to give Shreve's novel a three-star rating, wished there was a 3.5 star option, and finally settled on a four-star rating. Why this is a four-star, rather than a three-star, book:1. The title. I was intrigued by what it meant, and as I hadn't read the blurbs, I didn't realize it was a character's name. And the name is a brilliantly symbolic one. Eden, of course, as in the Garden of, is a paradise, and in this case Eden, ironically, is a kind of sexual paradise. Eden is her father's par [...]


    15. In the book Eden Close by Anita Shreve, a young man named Andrew returns to his childhood house after the death of his mother to attend the funeral and pack up the house and try to sell it. The longer Andrew stays renovating his old home, the more childhood memories flood his mind. Like the memories of Eden Close, his childhood neighbor and friend. The summer before Andrew had left for college, Eden had been blinded by a gunshot to the face in her own home, and her father had been murdered. The [...]


    16. What a clever title. I thought at first (of course) that it was the name of a street. I had deliberately not read the blurb. So when I discovered it was the name of the girl-next-door it was a delightful surprise. What it does, is plant the book squarely in a place, saying that the place this all happens in is as important as the girl.Sometimes reading several books by the one author, immediately following each other, makes them blur. I daresay that might happen - I read Where and When in 2 days [...]


    17. For some odd reason, I had to study this for A-Level literature (yes, A-level). It was beyond me why such a modern (not that amazing) book was on an A-Level curriculum but there you go. Half of me wants to say that the book bored me yet the other half wants me to admit that the writing style and character development was particularly good. I couldn't help but think it was just a bit of a woman's 'holiday read' and I didn't really get much from it. I thought it was written too much like a movie s [...]


    18. Wow - Anita Shreve has a talent unlike any I've seen before. I love the way she writes - it's amazing and seems to transport me to wherever the characters are. I love when I read a blurb that actually fits with the book. So many times the blurbs just say anything and are laughable but the New York Times Book Review said that "Its insights are keen, its language measuered and haunting." And that's all true. It's really amazing and no one can do her writing justice - you have to read it for yourse [...]


    19. I savored every word because her writing is so beautiful. There is something so familiar about her characters, insights that make you say, 'yes! exactly!' , sometimes out loud. In this way her writing resembles Elizabeth Berg. As much as I liked this one I did think that the story dragged in a few places, especially for as short a novel as it is. But the feeling of those two lonely houses alone together in a sea of farmland and the two old friends and would be lovers will be with me a while.


    20. The fact that this is Shreve's first novel is evident throughout the first half. Her writing style is less polished than in later novels and there is a lot of redundency in her word choice. The story focuses on Andrew as he returns to his childhood roots following the death of his mother. His memories of one fateful night 17 years earlier come to light as he again encounters neighbors from his past. Although I was able to predict the majority of the outcome there was enough suspense to keep me c [...]


    21. Anita Shreve is such a compelling story teller. The characters in this book came alive for me. Swimming in a cool pond in the midst of an August heat wave; walking through a cornfield; an old farmhouse kitchen filled with memories. All of these places existed while I was reading. An the dark secrets revealed at the end were hovering over the story from page one.


    22. Though I probably shouldn't, I love Anita Shreve. She's actually a pretty good writer. Evocative. She keeps me interested to the end.



    23. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, a great story, characters you could really like and wonderfully written, it was a joy to read.



    24. For quite some time I have had two books by Anita Shreve on my shelves. Many years ago I read The Pilot's Wife and got fascinated by Shreve's way of writing and her personal stories. It seemed like a good idea to read some more and I have now finished both of them.Eden Close and Sea Glass are stories about everyday people who are facing a drama or events in life that change their lives. In Eden Close Andrew returns home after many years to attend his mothers funeral. While preparing their old ho [...]


    25. La ragazza della porta accanto è un titolo ricorrente di molti romanzi e anche di diversi film. In realtà il titolo originale del libro oggetto di questa recensione è Eden Close che, se forse non proprio il romanzo d’esordio di Anita Shreve, pubblicato circa venticinque anni fa, è tuttavia quello che l’ha fatta conoscere al pubblico internazionale.La vicenda si svolgono in una cittadina di provincia della campagna americana e inizia con il protagonista, Andrew, che ritorna nell'abitazion [...]


    26. This is a book about a boy and girl growing up next door to each other, one with a loving home and the other in a house filled with jealousy, hate and evil. The book revolves around a tragic event that took place one night ending in a death and a severe injury. Fast forward 20 years and follow the story to another tragic event as the man returns to his boyhood home to deal with the death of his mother and his attempt to rescue the girl still living next door. It is also the story of two mothers, [...]


    27. In 1989, Anita Shreve published her first novel, "Eden Close." Remember that when you read this incredible book because very few novelists are able to do this the first time. The plot is riveting--even if it's a little bit predictable--and the characters are so real it will feel as if they are living and breathing. In upstate New York in a small farming community in the early 1960s, two houses are situated 70 feet from each other with nothing else around except corn fields. Andy and his parents [...]


    28. This is not a book for those who need a strong and involved plotline to follow, but if you love character driven works this is lovely. The story focuses on a short period of time, when divorced father of one, Andrew, returns to his roots to sort out his recently deceased mother's effects. His relationship with damaged Eden, who is kept housebound by her adoptive mother, is slowly rebuilt and answers to old mysteries are gradually revealed. The observations and emotions within the story are beaut [...]


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