I was delighted to get a chance to read Eden, a story many of my blogger friends were raving about. I didn’t know much before reading, but if you are a fan of the family saga, keep reading.
Eden tells the story of Becca Fitzpatrick, matriarch of her extended family and living in Eden, the beach house her father, Bunny Meister, built at the beginning of the century. Her daughter lives with her currently, along with her granddaughter Sarah who shows up to announce her pregnancy. When Becca finds out her deceased husband has misspent all of their savings, she’s despondent that it might be her last summer at Eden, so she works to get the family together one last time.
The book alternates between the present, leading up to the family weekend, and the past, long before Becca is even born. It is a story of four generations. And while there are lots of family members, it is easy to follow their stories and connections. If you do have trouble, the author included an easy-to-follow family tree in the beginning for reference. I loved traveling back in the past and learning about how Eden came to be along with all the historical events like the Stock Market crash and the 1938 New England hurricane.
There is something about a family saga that is so endearing. You quickly become attached to characters since you follow them throughout their lives. The Meister family experienced many hardships and they all made choices I did not agree with. But I was eager to see how they played out. And I love that the Eden house became its own character in the novel, one that also endured many ups and downs. I look forward to what Jeanne writes next.
My thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the author: Jeanne Blasberg is a voracious observer of human nature and has kept a journal since childhood. After graduating from Smith College, she surprised everyone who knew her by embarking on a career in finance, making stops on Wall Street, Macy’s and Harvard Business School, where she wrote case studies and business articles. A firm believer that you are never too old to change course, Jeanne enrolled at Grub Street, one of the country’s pre-eminent creative writing centers, where she turned her attention to memoir and later fiction. Eden is her debut novel. Jeanne and her husband split their time between Boston and Westerly, RI. When not writing, she can be found playing squash, skiing, or taking in the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay. For book group questions and to learn more, please visit www.jeanneblasberg.com.
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