Summaries and review the novel Eden Close by Anita Shreve.
Eden close is the first novel by acclaimed romance author, Anita Shreve. In this novel, Andrew returns to his childhood home to bury his mother and prepare the house for sale. The more time Andrew spends in this home he has rarely visited in nineteen years, the more memories of his childhood flood his mind. Many of these memories centre on Eden close, his childhood friend and neighbour. Eden was blinded the summer Andrew left for college in a home invasion that resulted in the death of her father. However, the more Andrew remembers about this fateful night and the year leading up to it the more he realizes the truth about that night has never been revealed. Eden close is a story of one women’s tragic childhood and the man who has loved her all his life. Andrew is attempting to sleep in the night after his mother’s funeral, but being in his childhood bedroom has brought back nightmares of a night he had though he had forgotten. The night was hot and humid, much like this one, when Andrew heard screams from the house next door. Andrew stood in the yard with his mother as they brought Eden, his friends, out of the house her head wrapped in a bloodied towel. Andrews father came out of the house a few minutes later and told them Jim close Eden’s father was dead. Someone had broken into the house and was raping Eden when Jim walked in on it. The intruder shot Jim and ran away, disappearing into the night. Andrew recalls asking Eden a few times on his rare visits home. However, Andrews’s life moved into other directions. Andrew married, had a son and is now separated. Asking about Eden in front of his wife had always seemed wrong so eventually he stopped asking. Andrew believes however, that Eden never left his thoughts. Over the next few days, as he works at fixing up the house for sale, Andrew remembers being in the garden behind his house when Edith came to his mother with a small bundle in her arms. It...
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