Eden Close by Anita Shreve

Eden Close

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 not want her and to please the father who did. She also aimed to please Andr...

Details Eden Close

TitleEden Close
Release DateOct 4th, 2005
PublisherMariner Books
GenreFiction, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit

Reviews Eden Close

  • Duane
    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.
  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    I learned recently that many women in the first half of the 20th Century are being called "Middlebrow" - good enough to be re-published, but certainly nowhere near the more solidly classic authors. I was thinking about where Anita Shreve might sit in some future view of literature. Here at GR she gets shelved in several genres, and not consistently. She may not come as far as Middlebrow, but I also think she's better than what some are calling Ch...
  • Rick
    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 -- brush...
  • Flannery
    Anita Shreve is another flowery-prose-and-cliche-lovers. I read Lisa's ([http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10...]) 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 ...
  • Joey Woolfardis
    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 clich├ęd 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 ...
  • Dawn
    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 see...
  • Olivia
    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 woul...
  • Eva Leger
    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 he...
  • Kelly Hager
    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 on...
  • Shyla
    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 t...
  • Sarah
    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 ...
  • Lisa
    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 ...
  • Nicka
    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.
  • Jennifer Vanblarcom
    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.
  • Julie Stratton Shelton
    One of the best!
  • Nadia Noland
    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.
  • Alisa
    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...
  • Maddy
    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 he...
  • Kathleen Dixon
    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 t...
  • Wayne
    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...
  • Pamela
    The book is a bit slow and somewhat painful as the narrator, through Andy, peels the past away and finally reveals the horrible event that has affected several families in the small town. The climax comes when a similar event almost occurs. Topics include repressed people, repressed memories, repressed family secrets, the past that haunts, incest. I wouldn't recommend this to many people. The plot is lacking, and it is never clear whether there i...
  • Stacy
    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 friend...
  • Andrea
    I am not fond of this author's books. But this book isn't bad one. It has so many flashbacks (not my favourite), it's about a man who wants to know what happened to his neighbor who was raped, no one know who did this, only the family (of teenager who was raped) know the truth. He found the truth 15 years later. It was very interesting, it was dull in the beginning, you have to bear with it for while, then middle of the story got better and it go...
  • Lynne
    Generally I enjoyed this book, but I have to say that I grew weary of the main character's constant headaches. Being the author brought them often, I suggest that in future writings she just has the man put on a pair of sunglasses when it's bright outside. It was an uneccessary destraction from the plot.
  • Florence
    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.
  • Therese
    This book by Anita Shreeve is a character study, more than a story. The story does make itself evident, however, during the course of the book. I have to say, though, that it is my least favorite of all the books I've read by her.
  • Ann
    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
    This book was a stinker. I guessed the ending and then only finished it because I wanted to see if I was right.
  • Natalie
    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.