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Waiting for Eden

Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
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Sep 25, 2018 | 192 Pages
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“Heart-wrenching.” —Rachel Martin, Morning Edition/NPR
  
“Devastating.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal

“Masterly . . . Brilliant . . . In his short novel, Ackerman accomplishes what a mountain of maximalist books have rarely delivered over tens of thousands of pages and a few decades: He makes pure character-based literary art, dedicated only to deeply human storytelling . . . Rachel Cusk’s Outline trilogy and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation have created similarly shimmering portraits of humans at rest and fury . . . Ackerman explore[s] conflicted, confused true love in such elegant and humane ways that you will come to question everything you think you know about the meanings of romance and fidelity . . . The micro-level power of his unadorned and direct prose lies in no less than an attempt to contain and dramatize the darkness and light of our souls . . . To identify this book as a novel seems inadequate: Waiting for Eden is a sculpture chiseled from the rarest slab of life experience.” —Anthony Swofford, New York Times Book Review

“A classic triangle story of love and friendship, a ghost story, a captivity narrative, and a study of human endurance . . . all of it easily read in one sitting . . . Ackerman’s novel quietly suggests that America itself is a ghost story, and we are all in the act of waiting for Eden.” —Brian Turner, Washington Post

“Haunting . . . Daring . . . Ackerman’s spare but vivid prose conveys everything it needs to convey.” —Michael Upchurch, Boston Globe

“Ackerman further shows himself to be the Tim O’Brien of our era.” Vogue

“With Waiting for Eden, Elliot Ackerman tells a story that cuts straight to the heart of the human condition. His sentences are elegant in their concision and directness, and they reveal as much about grief, love, and our duties to each other as any book I can recall reading. It’s a bold, ambitious project even in its most quiet moments, for it asks no less than where we draw the line around the inherent value of human life. This is a devastatingly sad and compassionate piece of work. Extraordinary.” —Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins

“With sparse prose and a deft pen, Ackerman writes a profound meditation on the liminal space between our past, present, and future.” Library Journal (starred)
 
“Gorgeously constructed . . . Unique . . . A deeply moving portrayal of how grief can begin even while our loved ones still cling to life . . . A wonderful novel.”Booklist (starred)

“Heartbreaking . . . A deeply touching exploration of resentment, longing, and loss.” Publishers Weekly (starred)

“An affecting, spare, and unusual novel. ”Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
“Packed with love, pain, and guilt, but above all, a meditation on the legacies we leave behind.” BookPage

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