2017 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner in Women's Fiction
2018 IBPA Ben Franklin Finalist in Best New Voices: Fiction
Becca Meister Fitzpatrick—wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community—is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition . . . until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. As she struggles to accept that this is likely her last season in Long Harbor, Becca is inspired by her granddaughter’s boldness in the face of impending single-motherhood, and summons the courage to reveal a secret she was forced to bury long ago: the existence of a daughter she gave up fifty years ago. The question now is how her other daughter, Rachel—with whom Becca has always had a strained relationship—will react.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century-old history of Becca’s family—her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden.”
Eden is not just another farewell-to-the-summer-house novel, but
instead a masterfully interwoven family saga with indelible characters,
unforgettable stories, and true pathos. Most impressive, there’s not an
ounce of fat on this excellent book."
—Anita Shreve, NYT best selling author of The Pilot's Wife and The Stars are Fire
“ . . . [A] beautifully written masterpiece that takes you on a historical journey inside a tormented family’s summer home to reveal painful secrets, utter heartbreak, and major family drama. An inspiring first novel."
"A stirring historical novel perfect for women's fiction fans.”
Average rating from 12 members
I enjoyed reading the Family Saga that revolves around one summer house, Eden in Rhode Island. The opens in present day and travels back in time through three generations. Most of the book includes three time periods. The early years, the carefree middle years and the declining later years. During the current family reunion lots of family secrets come to light. This is the perfect book to read this summer on the beach. Enjoy