Eden: A Novel

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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”.

“Eden is one woman’s story, echoing four women’s’ stories, and is, at the same time, all women’s story.  It creates a collage of female experience around the drama of introducing Becca’s long lost daughter and her impending financial despair. Determined to write the type of book I enjoy reading, my novel weaves together multiple points of view and chronologies.  I hope you love it.” – Jeanne

“..a beautifully written masterpiece that takes you on a historical journey….” —BOSTON HERALD

“A stirring historical novel perfect for women’s fiction fans.” —BOOKLIST

“If you enjoy reading family sagas that cover real history and life, this is a must-read for you.” —  READER’S FAVORITE

“This beautifully written family saga firmly establishes Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg as a rising writer to watch – and it will likely have you liking your family a whole lot more this summer.” —  REDBOOK

“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 generations.” — The Improper Bostonian

“…a big-hearted, if sometimes harrowing journey through one family’s twentieth century,” – Squash Magazine

“A classic family drama that centers around the Fourth of July, be sure to pack this in your tote bag this summer before anything else.”  –Working Mother Magazine

An “evocative depiction of old summers in Watch Hill…” – The Day

“poignant and powerful….” – Reader Views

Chick Lit Cafe  says EDEN is splendid, majestic, and engaging.

The Loud Library Lady calls EDEN “a love story to a family property and the beach community it inhabits….”

Holly’s Little Book Reviews says “the writing is seamless and the story is ageless.”

Midwest Ladies who Lit says, “Blasberg hit it out of the park…”


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