Eden

by Kleine, Andrea, 1970-

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Summary
A bold, page-turning novel that follows how a childhood abduction sets two sisters on very different courses

Every other weekend, Hope and Eden--backpacks, Walkmans, and homework in hand--wait for their father to pick them up, as he always does, at a strip-mall bus stop. It's the divorce shuffle; they're used to it. Only this weekend, he's screwed up, forgotten, and their world will irrevocably change when a stranger lures them into his truck with a false story and smile.

More than twenty years later, Hope is that classic New York failure: a playwright with only one play produced long ago, newly evicted from an illegal sublet, working a humiliating temp job. Eden has long since distanced herself from her family, and no one seems to know where she is. When the man who abducted them is up for parole, the sisters might be able to offer testimony to keep him jailed. Hope sets out to find her sister--and to find herself--and it becomes the journey of a lifetime, taking her from hippie communes to cities across the country. Suspenseful and moving, Eden asks: how much do our pasts define us, and what price do we pay if we break free?
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kleine's fascinating second novel (after Calf) follows Hope, a struggling New York City playwright in her 30s. Her affordable sublet situation has just been derailed by the unexpected return of the owner. Having lost her girlfriend of seven years, her mom to cancer, and now her apartment, Hope is adrift. But Hope's story goes deeper: as teenagers, she and her older sister, Eden, were abducted by a man named Larry who posed as their father's friend in order to lure them into his truck. Hope receives a letter from the district attorney's office notifying her that Larry is up for parole-but if she or Eden could provide any previously unshared details of their abduction, they could help keep Larry in prison. The problem is that neither Hope nor anyone else in her family has been in touch with Eden for decades, and it seems Eden intends to keep it that way. Hope embarks on a cross-country trip to find Eden, driven partly by Larry's upcoming parole and partly by the desire to see her sister again so they can perhaps finally move on from their past. Driving her father's old camper van and making pit stops in D.C., Virginia, and Arizona, Hope must turn to a number of people, including her ex-girlfriend, Hope and Eden's father and his new girlfriend, and Eden's ex-lover, for assistance along the way. Kleine's novel is somewhat overambitious and stuffed with a few too many characters and narrative threads, but what ultimately emerges is a gripping portrait of the lingering effects of trauma. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Life change events -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Family Life.
FICTION / Suspense.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Siblings.
Life change events.
Sisters.
Fiction.
Publisher Boston :2018.
Language English
Description pages ; cm
ISBN 9781328884084
1328884082
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