Becca Meister Fitzpatrick, wife, mother, grandmother, and pillar of the community, is the dutiful steward of her family’s iconic summer tradition until she discovers her recently deceased husband squandered their nest egg. While coming to terms with what is likely to be her last season in Long Harbor, she decides to introduce the child she gave up for adoption fifty years prior to the family. Inspired by her granddaughter’s acceptance in the face of impending single-motherhood, Becca summons the courage to reveal the secret she’d been forced to bury. The question is how her daughter, Rachel, will react. They’d always had a strained relationship, made rockier when Rachel came home from college with an unplanned pregnancy of her own.
Eden is the account of the days leading up to the Fourth of July weekend, as Becca prepares to disclose her secret, and her son and brothers conspire to put the estate on the market, interwoven with the century old history of Becca’s family, of her parents’ beginnings and ascent into affluence, and of her mother’s own secret struggles in the grand home her father named “Eden”.
- “..a beautifully written masterpiece that takes you on a historical journey….” —BOSTON HERALD
- “A stirring historical novel perfect for women’s fiction fans.” —BOOKLIST
- “Blasberg’s evocative prose captures the place and atmosphere…. An engrossing, character-driven family saga.” —KIRKUS
- “This debut novel rings with lively dialogue that vivifies the rarified ethos of a family across
genertions.” —THE IMPROPER BOSTONIAN
— Jeanne Blasberg’s touching debut novel, Eden, tells the story of Becca Meister Fitzpatrick, a family matriarch about to disclose a difficult secret over the Fourth of July weekend, 2000. As Blasberg’s clear, affecting prose moves across time to tell Becca’s story, the author also tells the story – heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful – of a changing 20th century America.
Lisa Borders, author of The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land
Awards for Eden
- Winner of the 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards for New Fiction
- Winner of the 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards for Women’s Fiction
- Winner of the 2018 Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction
- Finalist of the 2017 International Book Awards for Historical Fiction
- Second Place Winner for the 2017–2018 Reader Views Literary Awards for General Fiction/Novel
- Shortlisted for the 2018 Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction
- Finalist for the 2018 New England Society in the City of New York Book Award for Fiction
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