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Format: Paperback Large Print
ISBN-10: 0739377396
ISBN-13: 9780739377390
Sku: 211289008
Publish Date: 2/2/2010
Pages:  491
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From the Publisher:
Haunted by the final words of a newly baptized congregation member who was subsequently murdered by her husband, the Reverend Stephen Drew abandons his pulpit to spend time with an author who writes best-selling books about angels. (General fiction). By the best-selling author of Midwives. Simultaneous.From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Midwives, and Skeletons at the Feast comes a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate nature of sacrifice.

"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about . . . angels. 

Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice’s daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen – who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him.
But then the State's Attorney begins to suspect that Alice's husband may not have killed himself. . .and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.

Secrets of Eden is both a haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all of our lives.  Once again Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems.  As one character remarks, “Believe no one.  Trust no one.  Assume all of our stories are suspect.” 


From the Hardcover edition.Haunted by the final words of a newly baptized congregation member who was subsequently murdered by her husband, the Reverend Stephen Drew abandons his pulpit to spend time with an author who writes best-selling books about angels. (General fiction). By the best-selling author of Midwives. Simultaneous.
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Reverend Stephen Drew finds his faith in God beginning to falter after his parishioner Alice Hayward is murdered by her husband only hours after her baptism. Drew finds solace and more from Heather Laurent, the author of a series of inspirational books on angels whose parents also died in a grisly murder-suicide. The riveting premise turns takes a thrilling swerve when clues begin to appear that Alice's husband, thought to have killed himself, may still be alive.
Author Bio
Christopher A. Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian is the author of more than a dozen works of literary fiction, many of which have been categorized by critics as "issue novels," because of their focus on such important topics as homelessness, the environment, and the hazards of childbirth. Bohjalian's unusual last name is Armenian; his paternal grandparents were survivors of the genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman government around the time of World War I, and the massacres form the backdrop for his acclaimed 2012 novel, THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS. After graduating from Amherst College in 1982, Bohjalian, who had been discouraged from pursing a writing career by one particularly scornful professor, took a job at a New York City ad agency. In 1986, after a harrowing encounter with an irate cab driver, he and his wife, the photographer Victoria Blewer, decided to move to Vermont. They purchased a century-old clapboard home in the small town of Lincoln, and Bohjalian began writing a Burlington Free Press column, "Idyll Banter," about his new life. (The pieces were published in a book of the same name in 2003.) His first novel, the murder mystery A KILLING IN THE REAL WORLD, was published in 1988. His previously modest readership increased greatly upon the publication of his fifth book, MIDWIVES (1997), which was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her influential book club. Since then, Bohjalian's work has appeared regularly on bestseller lists, and he has won numerous literary honors, including the New England Book Award. MIDWIVES, PAST THE BLEACHERS (1992), and SECRETS OF EDEN (2010) have all been adapted into well-received films. Bohjalian credits his adopted home for much of his success. "Writers can talk with agonizing hubris about finding their voices, but for me, it was in Vermont that I discovered issues, things that matter to me," he told an interviewer. He explained that among his favorite quotes is one by Wendell Berry: "If you don't know where you are, you don't know who you are."

Praise

"Bohjalian has built a reputation on his rich characters and immersing readers in diverse subjects...and [SECRETS OF EDEN] surely won't disappoint....[T]his is a masterfully human and compassionate tale." (starred review) 11/09/2009

"Bohjalian, a seasoned pro, lucidly handles the back-and-forth chronology as successive narrators give their different perspectives on the same events, and he skillfully plants clues...that carefully lead to a shocking final plot twist....[B]ut his portrait of domestic violence rarely goes deeper than a magazine article: George is an angry, controlling, alcoholic abuser; Alice an isolated, passive victim; both are generic figures rather than fully imagined characters....SECRETS OF EDEN is readable and fitfully insightful, but never truly illuminating." - Wendy Smith 02/02/2010

"[Bohjalian] has always known how to keep the pages turning....Though it may be a study of guilt and grief, the book is at heart a high-end potboiler, keeping the reader guessing how fragments of George Hayward's skull found themselves wedged in the screen of his living-room window." - Karen Valby 02/05/2010

"SECRETS OF EDEN is engrossing without being cheesy, informative without being didactic, and gripping despite the fact that the ending is quite predictable. However, as a meditation on the nature of God, angels, and faith, it falls curiously flat. Bohjalian's tone is so cooly lucid that it feels as though he has researched these concerns more than experienced them, chosen them more than been called by them. That the novel is so engaging despite that authorial distance is a tribute to Bohjalian's storytelling skill." - Julie Wittes Schlack 02/07/2010

"[E]ngrossing....[Bohjalian] has written a literary murder mystery that hooks readers early and keeps its secrets until the end. His....distinct and believable....characters reflect contemporary society...but his portraits serve more as critique than applause. He's questioning our own unthinking belief that we somehow know people from snippets on CNN or glossy spreads in People magazine." - Amy Driscoll 02/21/2010

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Large Print Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0491
Product attributePublisher:   Random House Large Print Publishing
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