— Eden is not just another farewell-to-the-summer-house novel, but instead a masterfully interwoven family saga with indelible characters, unforgettable stories, and true pathos. Most impressive, there’s not an ounce of fat on this excellent book.
Anita Shreve, NYT best selling author of The Pilot’s Wife and The Stars are Fire
— 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
— With beautiful, big-hearted brush strokes, Blasberg seamlessly shifts between past and present, delivering a powerful and poignant family drama. As present-day challenges collide with long-buried secrets in the heat of a summer reunion, a family in crisis learns to accept truths, however uncomfortable, and how to navigate the closing doors, and new gifts, that change brings.
Sophie Powell, author of The Mushroom Man
— In this ambitious debut that spans multi-generations and time periods, I was captivated by Eden’s sense of timelessness and deep yearning for something eternal. Jeanne Blasberg’s gorgeous descriptions of Eden — a family’s magnificent seaside estate and the intimate stories it contains — reveals both the love that binds and the love that holds secrets and devastating losses. Eden is a beautiful, aching tale that will linger with you long after you’ve read the last page.
Jessica Keener, author of the national bestselling novel Night Swim
— Jeanne Blasberg’s brilliant first novel conjures a family home so poignantly that I feel as if I’ve returned there every summer of my life. In Eden, Blasberg invites us into the fearsome echo chamber of a dysfunctional family, and shows us — in unsparing, crystalline prose — how the members of such a family can begin to make their way into the light.
Louisa Hall, author of Speak and The Carriage House
— Eden is a heartbreaking novel about the wounds that are passed down through generations. Blasberg’s voice is strong and clear, and her characters are so real — with their ambitions and their weaknesses, their good intentions and their resentments — that no reader is likely to forget them.
Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
— In this wonderful debut, Blasberg masterfully intertwines the stories of four generations of women, all forced to make difficult choices as mothers — first in the face of strict societal norms, and ultimately, within the expectations of a family trying to live up to the promise of a place called Eden. I loved it from beginning to end.
Katherine Sherbrooke, author of Finding Home and Fill the Sky