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A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did nA compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did. She also aimed to please Andrew and his friends, first by being one of the boys and later by seducing them. Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm: Mr. Close had been killed and Eden blinded. Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story - to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl. And as the truth about Eden's past comes to light, so too does Andrew's strange and binding attachment to her reveal itself....

Title : Eden Close
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ISBN : 9780156031332
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Number of Pages : 265 Pages
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Eden Close Reviews

  • Duane
    2019-03-22 06:43

    This is Anita Shreve's debut novel and it has everything that makes a novel a pleasure to read, and what it did was set the standard for the 19 novels that Shreve now has to her credit. It has a great story and characters as all of her novels do, but this first one remains one of my favorites.

  • Flannery
    2019-03-14 02:34

    Anita Shreve is another flowery-prose-and-cliche-lovers. I read Lisa's ([]) copy of this book that she found shoved under her oil tank.It was okay. The plot isn't very memorable. In fact, I had to check Amazon to refresh myself on it to write this review. I remember the relationship between Andrew and Eden as being sweet. Unfortunately, the thing I remember most clearly are the tired cliches and nauseating flowery descriptions. Too many words, just say what you mean! I'm an aspiring writer myself so I'm especially critical of wordiness. It has its time and its place, but it's an art to use it correctly. Better to just call it a red flower than a tight scarlet bud ready to burst forth its alluring scent like a girl blossoming into womanhood.I think I just made myself gag.

  • Joey Woolfardis
    2019-03-25 05:59

    They Made Me read this book in College and it was one of the worst periods of my life. Not because of anything happening to me, except the reading of this book. I'm unlikely to re-read it, so I'll attempt a review from a very old memory...Dire is the word that comes to mind. Very thin, very clichéd plot with some of the worst characters I've ever come across. The prose was flowery, twee and just the slowest. I hated it back then, I truly did. I hate myself for being able to remember this book, too.

  • Rick
    2019-03-10 07:38

    I'm trying to understand what the author was aiming for as she wrote this book. As another reviewer wrote, one could see where this book was headed from a mile away, so one assumes that Ms. Shreve wasn't trying to write a mystery or build up to a surprise ending. The writing, although a bit odd sylistically, wasn't particularly beautiful or interesting (although there were certainly some well-turned phrases and some well described scenes -- brushing hair, the pond), so Ms. Shreve couldn't have written the book for the poetry of its words. So that leaves the underlying story -- boy returns home to rediscover the damaged girl he left behind who had always loved him but that he had not realized he had always loved in return. Maybe Ms. Shreve built the book around the concept that love can be blind in more ways than one. If so, she could have written this story without the pretense of the mystery and, in doing so could have made it more believable and could have spent more time developing the characters.

  • Dawn
    2019-03-11 01:51

    I am fairly assured that when I pick up an Anita Shreve book I am going to enjoy the reading and the unpredictability that seems to be a hallmark for her.This was no different. Apparently one of her older ones and unknown to me until I picked it up at a book sale, it was no less appealing from being somewhat outdated. She takes a situation, infuses it with humanness and the random bits of detail needed to pique interest and gradually, without seeming to be doing so, reels you into the suspense and drama surrounding otherwise average characters until you are forced to re-evaluate who they actually are and what purpose they fill in the story.I become totally involved in the slow revelations and seemingly indifferent mentions of important tidbits and although I usually think I know where the story is headed, more often than not I am pleasantly surprised and left wondering at the genius of her ability to thread the truth of her tale so unassumingly beneath the fabric of it's fiction.This story is about a boy and his childhood. About the girl next door and her childhood. About all the things we assume we know about those closest to us and how rarely are things ever so clear. After a traumatic event, all their lives are changed and it's not until the death of his mother and his returns from years away to pack up her life that he learns just how much. The story is more about how we deal with life than about the actual life we make for ourselves. From thinking he knows what he wants to realizing he never admitted to wanting what he never thought he should have, he opens himself to a new possibility and finds love and redemption in an unlikely place.Not a groundbreaking masterpiece, yet an honest, emotional fabrication of love and second chances. Enjoyable and with the happily ever after I always wish for.

  • Olivia
    2019-03-08 00:00

    This book reminded me of why I used to love Anita Shreve so much. I love the way her earlier books are written- their pace, atmosphere and quietude. The story takes place on an isolated farmland and oscillates between the main character Andrew's present day (which was the 80s) and his youth 20 years prior. Both timelines unfold together and past becomes entwined with present and long held secrets are finally uncovered in the last few pages.I would have not have guessed this was her first novel except for the ending somewhat gives it away. Her other books do not have such tidy clean endings.

  • Shyla
    2019-03-21 02:49

    This was a book I picked up on my lunch break for something to read while I ate. I just grabbed a book off the new books shelf at the book store and started in. I had no idea what to expect. The book is about a man, Andrew, who comes back to his childhood home after his mother passes away. He has not been home much to visit since he left for college and has not stayed in touch with anyone from town, including his next door neightbor, Eden Close the girl he grew up with. Eden had been his tom boy best bud in their early years and then turned into a beautiful blossoming young woman who all the local boys wanted. A terrible tragedy changed her life and the town forever. Andrew is taken in by the enigma that is now Eden and drawn in by her mystery once again. This is a haunting book that leaves you pondering the characters long after the book has been put down. I think everyone can relate to the story and the characters and their struggles.

  • Ayu
    2019-03-27 07:54

    Having a good friend is very important in our life. Make a good friend is not as easy as we tought. A good friend will always be there when we need it. He/She will always give us a spirit to reach something. He/She will not forget us even he's/she's not close to us. Beside that, I also learned about how to be a good person. Sometimes we didn't realize what we are doing. We never think about the effect from what we have done. We never think if theres a good or bad thing will come to us. Then, at the end we just able to regret it. That's why, as a person we must think clearly about what are we going to do, and we must be able to think about what probably will happen next. These means what I've got/learned from this novel.

  • Kelly Hager
    2019-03-16 07:44

    It's about a man who returns to his hometown after his mother dies. He's been gone for 17 years; he left for college not long after his next door neighbor was shot and his daughter assaulted. The daughter, Eden Close, was one of his best friends growing up. She's next door again, living with her mom.While he's home, Andrew starts to delve into the story of what actually happened that night and why Eden's mom is so protective of her.I only have one Anita Shreve book left. :( I hope she releases a new one soon.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-18 03:59

    Here's how Anita Shreve is not like Mae West: when she's good, she's very good, but when she's bad, she's pretty mundane.This is not one of her good books, in my opinion. I saw the big climax coming from a mile away. I thought the emotions were clunky in this one, and some big questions remained unanswered--like why did Eden choose to remain living with her mother?The thing that redeemed this book was it had a nice happy ending. But I would give this one a pass.

  • Nicka
    2019-03-16 07:57

    Anita Shreve has written much better novels. I guessed too quickly where the plot was going, partly because of a blurb that gave just a little too much away, and my prime sentiment when working my way through it was impatience. Not much originality here.

  • Nadia Noland
    2019-02-24 00:32

    I really liked the book. It was sort af mystery/love story. The writing was detailed enough that I felt I could see everything for myself.

  • Jennifer Vanblarcom
    2019-03-26 01:43

    I wish I could write like Anita Shreve. She uses words to create pictures, almost like watching a movie. I was so pulled into the characters and the unraveling mystery that I devoured this book in just a few days. Not my absolute Anita Shreve book but a winner.

  • Alisa
    2019-03-21 03:52

    I started to give Shreve's novel a three-star rating, wished there was a 3.5 star option, and finally settled on a four-star rating. Why this is a four-star, rather than a three-star, book:1. The title. I was intrigued by what it meant, and as I hadn't read the blurbs, I didn't realize it was a character's name. And the name is a brilliantly symbolic one. Eden, of course, as in the Garden of, is a paradise, and in this case Eden, ironically, is a kind of sexual paradise. Eden is her father's paradise, Andrew's paradise, and the sexual paradise for the town's boys. 2. The mystery that's not really a mystery until it is. At first I thought the plot was pretty darned predictable. Father is killed trying to protect his daughter from rapist, daughter is left horribly injured. Though everyone accepts that premise, with a boyfriend who flees town as the suspect, something doesn't quite add up. The murder weapon is never found. Gradually, I think most readers can figure out whodunit. The interesting part is not the whodunit, nor is it the why, because we tend to assume we know why. But we really don't know what happened in Eden's bedroom that night.3. The extremely complicated mother/daughter relationship. And weird. Did I say weird? Try weird to the third power. 4. The prose style. Lovely.Why this will never, ever be a five-star book:1. Andrew, the protagonist. He's just a little weird, too. His relationship with Eden is somewhat understandable given their childhood, but I felt like his motives were suspect. Their later relationship is just kind of creepy. 2. The ending. Shreve wraps it up too quickly.DO NOT READ BEYOND THIS LINE BECAUSE OF SPOILERS!Did anyone else feel like Andrew's relationship with Eden was just a little too much like her mother's relationship with her? And what about Sean? Why did he flee if he wasn't the perpetrator? Did he know about what had happened? Or was that just a coincidence? I found that aspect of the plotting bothersome. Sean didn't seem to have a motivation to get the heck out of Dodge.Why did Andrew's father hide the gun? Because he believed the story everyone else did? Did he just assume he knew what had happened and decided to protect Edith because he thought he understood what she had done? Or did he know more?

  • Maddy
    2019-03-16 04:59

    In the book Eden Close by Anita Shreve, a young man named Andrew returns to his childhood house after the death of his mother to attend the funeral and pack up the house and try to sell it. The longer Andrew stays renovating his old home, the more childhood memories flood his mind. Like the memories of Eden Close, his childhood neighbor and friend. The summer before Andrew had left for college, Eden had been blinded by a gunshot to the face in her own home, and her father had been murdered. The more Andrew remembers about that night, the more he realizes that the truth had never been discovered about that tragic night. I have read a couple other books of Anita Shreve, and I loved this one as much as I did the other ones I have read. She writes with so much emotion and great detail, I always feel like I am there in the story with the characters. Once I got past the first couple of chapters, I really couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recomend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a good story about the tragedies of life and love. Out of five stars I give this book four. I only would not give it five stars because I thought that it takes a couple of chapters to get hooked. The first couple chapters are just explaining things having to do with Andrew’s mothers funeral, and I didn’t find it the most entertaining parts. The reason I did not give up on this book was because I really wanted to know the ending and who the killer was! Overall, it was a really cute book.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-02-25 05:32

    What a clever title. I thought at first (of course) that it was the name of a street. I had deliberately not read the blurb. So when I discovered it was the name of the girl-next-door it was a delightful surprise. What it does, is plant the book squarely in a place, saying that the place this all happens in is as important as the girl.Sometimes reading several books by the one author, immediately following each other, makes them blur. I daresay that might happen - I read Where and When in 2 days, and then straight to this one, which I read today. I picked up a set of 6 and as I just need to read something literarily unchallenging right now I'm rattling through them.This book has a rather pleasing element of mystery to it, though in a covert way. Shreve very skillfully lets us know gradually that there are things uncertain about the "known" story of the past. I was a little concerned at one stage that it might be a little similar to Where and When - teenagers who meet again quite a few years later - but the theme is different.Oh yes - one of the things I like about Shreve's writing, is her descriptions using the 5 senses. She evokes strong body responses from me.

  • Wayne
    2019-03-12 03:35

    For some odd reason, I had to study this for A-Level literature (yes, A-level). It was beyond me why such a modern (not that amazing) book was on an A-Level curriculum but there you go. Half of me wants to say that the book bored me yet the other half wants me to admit that the writing style and character development was particularly good. I couldn't help but think it was just a bit of a woman's 'holiday read' and I didn't really get much from it. I thought it was written too much like a movie script and some parts were kind of vulgar. Then again, I did have to study it in depth which probably spoilt it for me.

  • Eva Leger
    2019-03-15 05:58

    Wow - Anita Shreve has a talent unlike any I've seen before. I love the way she writes - it's amazing and seems to transport me to wherever the characters are. I love when I read a blurb that actually fits with the book. So many times the blurbs just say anything and are laughable but the New York Times Book Review said that "Its insights are keen, its language measuered and haunting." And that's all true. It's really amazing and no one can do her writing justice - you have to read it for yourself. I have a different cover than the one above and while the one above is fitting, the one on my paperback is AWESOME! Totally Eden!

  • Stacy
    2019-03-07 06:50

    I savored every word because her writing is so beautiful. There is something so familiar about her characters, insights that make you say, 'yes! exactly!' , sometimes out loud. In this way her writing resembles Elizabeth Berg. As much as I liked this one I did think that the story dragged in a few places, especially for as short a novel as it is. But the feeling of those two lonely houses alone together in a sea of farmland and the two old friends and would be lovers will be with me a while.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-26 04:57

    The fact that this is Shreve's first novel is evident throughout the first half. Her writing style is less polished than in later novels and there is a lot of redundency in her word choice. The story focuses on Andrew as he returns to his childhood roots following the death of his mother. His memories of one fateful night 17 years earlier come to light as he again encounters neighbors from his past. Although I was able to predict the majority of the outcome there was enough suspense to keep me coming back for more and a few surprises to boot.

  • Florence
    2019-02-28 02:53

    Anita Shreve is such a compelling story teller. The characters in this book came alive for me. Swimming in a cool pond in the midst of an August heat wave; walking through a cornfield; an old farmhouse kitchen filled with memories. All of these places existed while I was reading. An the dark secrets revealed at the end were hovering over the story from page one.

  • Ann
    2019-03-20 05:32

    Though I probably shouldn't, I love Anita Shreve. She's actually a pretty good writer. Evocative. She keeps me interested to the end.

  • Lexie
    2019-03-16 02:44

    This book was a stinker. I guessed the ending and then only finished it because I wanted to see if I was right.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-12 01:31

    I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, a great story, characters you could really like and wonderfully written, it was a joy to read.

  • Sam
    2019-03-21 05:48

    pool - side read!!!

  • Lisbeth
    2019-03-04 01:40

    For quite some time I have had two books by Anita Shreve on my shelves. Many years ago I read The Pilot's Wife and got fascinated by Shreve's way of writing and her personal stories. It seemed like a good idea to read some more and I have now finished both of them.Eden Close and Sea Glass are stories about everyday people who are facing a drama or events in life that change their lives. In Eden Close Andrew returns home after many years to attend his mothers funeral. While preparing their old house for sale, his memories of the fatal events that struck his neighbour Eden comes back to him. Going down memory lane and his old feelings for her, he finally digests what happened that night many years ago. Like in The Pilot's Wife, everything is not what it seems to be, and the event that so effected many people finally gets its solution.In Sea Glass we meet at set of people in north east England just before the Wall Street crash in 1929. Honora and Sexton, a young couple just getting married. He is a salesman of typewriters and copying machines, she is a bank clerk, McDermott, working in the mill and mostly deaf due to the noises in the factory, Vivian, a bored society lady who does not know what to do with her life and Alphonse, a twelve year old boy working in the mill.All these people do not seem to have anything to do with each other. But as the events of the big crash occurs their lives intermingle in unexpected ways. This is the time of strikes, workers fight for a decent work hours and pay and the situation slowly builds up until the day it is time to go into a strike.As usual Anita Shreve slowly builds up her stories, we get to know the characters and their positive sides and their failings. Then all of a sudden events happens fast and it is difficult to put the book down, until the end of the story is revealed. I really like her stories, maybe because they are about you and me, ordinary people who find themselves in situations we all face in life. Well, maybe not all of the situations in her books, but we are still able to sympathise with them.

  • La Stamberga dei Lettori
    2019-02-24 05:53

    La ragazza della porta accanto è un titolo ricorrente di molti romanzi e anche di diversi film. In realtà il titolo originale del libro oggetto di questa recensione è Eden Close che, se forse non proprio il romanzo d’esordio di Anita Shreve, pubblicato circa venticinque anni fa, è tuttavia quello che l’ha fatta conoscere al pubblico internazionale.La vicenda si svolgono in una cittadina di provincia della campagna americana e inizia con il protagonista, Andrew, che ritorna nell'abitazione dei genitori dopo anni di assenza per il funerale della madre.Nella casa accanto vivono ancora due dei vicini di quando Andrew era partito per andare al college: Eden, di qualche anno più giovane rispetto a lui, e la donna che l’aveva adottata, Edith Close. I vicini erano stati colpiti da una grave tragedia: Jim Close, il marito di Edith, era stato ucciso e la figlia, violentata e ferita alla testa da un proiettile, aveva perso la vista e dipendeva ora in tutto e per tutto dalla madre che le impediva qualsiasi contatto con le altre persone.Andrew, tornato a casa dei genitori, decide di vendere la proprietà e, per rendere più appetibile la casa ai compratori, cerca prima di sistemarla un po’ trattenendosi nella abitazione.In questa circostanza riallaccia il rapporto d’amicizia con Eden che presto si trasforma in amore, facendo sorgere in Andrew anche la necessità di conoscere la verità circa la tragedia raccapricciante di quella notte in cui la ragazza perse la vista.Continua su:

  • Beverly Jean
    2019-03-06 02:34

    This is a book about a boy and girl growing up next door to each other, one with a loving home and the other in a house filled with jealousy, hate and evil. The book revolves around a tragic event that took place one night ending in a death and a severe injury. Fast forward 20 years and follow the story to another tragic event as the man returns to his boyhood home to deal with the death of his mother and his attempt to rescue the girl still living next door. It is also the story of two mothers, one loving and one who hates her adopted child, one who looks away and one who is drawn into events beyond her control. You can easily figure out the truth behind the tragic event early on in the book, but the book really isn't about what happened but more how it affected the emotions and lives of the boy and girl awakened by sounds in the night so many years prior. I would have given this a 5 star rating with the exception that I wanted more in the way of the story of both mothers, how one could ignore what she knew to be true and how the other could take care of a handicapped child, albeit keeping both of them prisoners, for so many years. Made me question which was the "good" mother and wanting to know more of their stories.

  • Cathryn Conroy
    2019-03-13 06:40

    In 1989, Anita Shreve published her first novel, "Eden Close." Remember that when you read this incredible book because very few novelists are able to do this the first time. The plot is riveting--even if it's a little bit predictable--and the characters are so real it will feel as if they are living and breathing. In upstate New York in a small farming community in the early 1960s, two houses are situated 70 feet from each other with nothing else around except corn fields. Andy and his parents live in one house. Edith and Jim Close, a childless couple, live in the other house. One day, a baby is left at Edith and Jim's driveway. They name the little girl Eden. This is the story of Andy and Eden's lives, which were punctuated by tragedy and scarred by secrets. But both of them must face the horrors of their past when Andy comes home as an adult to bury his mother and clean out the family home. This inherently compelling book has it all--a page-turner of a story, a mystery and a romance.

  • Susan Russell
    2019-03-24 23:35

    This is not a book for those who need a strong and involved plotline to follow, but if you love character driven works this is lovely. The story focuses on a short period of time, when divorced father of one, Andrew, returns to his roots to sort out his recently deceased mother's effects. His relationship with damaged Eden, who is kept housebound by her adoptive mother, is slowly rebuilt and answers to old mysteries are gradually revealed. The observations and emotions within the story are beautifully expressed. I was slightly disappointed by the ending, but couldn't quite put my finger on why.