The Edge of Eden

The Edge of Eden In when her husband Rupert a British diplomat is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean Penelope is less than thrilled But she never imagined the danger that awaited her

  • Title: The Edge of Eden
  • Author: Helen Benedict
  • ISBN: 9781569476024
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1960, when her husband, Rupert, a British diplomat, is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, Penelope is less than thrilled But she never imagined the danger that awaited her family there Her sun kissed children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, in the tropical colonial outpost Rupert, meanwhile, faIn 1960, when her husband, Rupert, a British diplomat, is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, Penelope is less than thrilled But she never imagined the danger that awaited her family there Her sun kissed children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, in the tropical colonial outpost Rupert, meanwhile, falls under the spell of a local beauty who won t stop until she gets what she wants Desperate to save her marriage, Penelope turns to black magic, exposing her family to the island s sinister underbelly Ultimately, Penny and her family suffer unimaginable casualties, rendering their lives profoundly and forever changed Helen Benedict s acerbic wit and lush descriptions serve up a page turner brimming with jealousy, sex, and witchcraft in a darkly exotic Eden Helen Benedict, a Columbia University professor, has written four previous novels, five nonfiction books, and a play Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago and New York public libraries.

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    1. Helen Benedict

      Helen Benedict is an award winning novelist, a writer of nonfiction, and a professor of journalism at Columbia University Her seventh and newest novel, Wolf Season, is to be published by Bellevue Literary Press in October, 2017 The novel tells the story of how, after a hurricane devastates a small town in upstate New York, the lives of three women and their young children are irrevocably changed Rin, an Iraq War veteran, tries to protect her daughter and the three wolves under her care Naema, a widowed doctor who fled Iraq with her wounded son, faces life threatening injuries and confusion about her feelings for Louis, a veteran and widower harboring his own secrets and guilt Beth, who is raising a troubled son, waits out her marine husband s deployment in Afghanistan, equally afraid of him coming home and of him never returning at all As they struggle to maintain their humanity and find hope, their war torn lives collide in a way that will affect their entire community No one writes with authority or cool eyed compassion about the experience of women in war both on and off the battlefield than Helen Benedict In Wolf Season, she shows us the complicated ways in which the lives of those who serve and those who don t intertwine and how regardless of whether you are a soldier, the family of a soldier, or a refugee the war follows you and your children for generations Wolf Season is than a novel for our times it should be required reading ELISSA SCHAPPELL, author of Use Me and Blueprints for Building Better Girls Fierce and vivid and full of hope, this story of trauma and resilience, of love and family, of mutual aid and solidarity in the aftermath of a brutal war is nothing short of magic Helen Benedict is the voice of an American conscience that has all too often been silenced To read these pages is to be transported to a world beyond hype and propaganda to see the human cost of war up close This is not a novel that allows you to walk away unchanged CARA HOFFMAN, author of Be Safe I Love You and RunningBenedict s previous novel, Sand Queen, was published by Soho Press in August, 2011 The novel tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War Benedict s writing is impressive, passionate, and visceral Reading this book is the best literary path to understanding the particular challenges of being female in the military during warfare Publishers Weekly Best Contemporary War Novel citationPublisher s Weekly also called Sand Queen a thrilling and thoughtful new novel Booklist said, Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply disturbing, Sand Queen takes readers beyond the news and onto the battlefield Benedict is also the author of The Lonely Soldier The Private War of Women Serving Iraq 2009 10 , and a play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, which has been performed all over the US, and in France and the UK In 2011, The Lonely Soldier inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of military women and men who have been sexually assaulted while serving.Her previous novels include The Edge of Eden, The Sailor s Wife and Bad Angel.Benedict s books and articles have won the 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women s Political Caucus, the 2010 Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the 2007 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism She has testified to Congress twice on behalf of women soldiers and has spoken on the subject at conferences, campuses and other public venues all around the country.Benedict has been a newspaper feature writer in London and California, has written for magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Ms The Huffington Post, In These Times, On The Issues, Poets Writers, Women s Review of Books, and is widely anthologized She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Mac


    1. A perfectly engaging story, but not, as promised by my local bookseller, well-written, Woolfian prose. Okay, admittedly, promising that I'll like a book because it's like Woolf sets the bar pretty high for me, and so maybe I went into it with unfair expectations, but I actually found this book to be surprisingly poorly written. I kept feeling like I could see the machinations of Benedict's prose, as she worked extra hard to make sure all the plot pieces fit together: The people tasked to watch t [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this book. It's the best one I read based in the Seychelles: such a good story, brilliant characters, various different plots and themes, and - most surprising of all - a serious account of the less obvious consequences of the Second World War in the younger British generation. Great read, I'd recommend it to anyone who'd like to know more about the islands, is interested in British colonialism, or simply an entertaining family story.

    3. Sadly, because I didn't think this book was absolutely great, the review has been shelved and likely won't be published. So, here it is:Helen Benedict’s paradisial edge is as rugged and complex as the borders of her characters’ native islands. The most apparent dark side of eden is the negative affects of colonialism on both the colonized and the colonizers. But Benedict’s fiction also does not hide from the very real contrasting sides to love—jealosy, hate, regret—and the depth of the [...]

    4. An English family moves to a poor tropical island and each member is affected in a different way by its spell. Penelope (the mother) is deeply depressed from being dragged there without being consulted, Rupert (the father) falls for a local beauty and leaves his family, and the children are left in the care of a nanny. The older girl begins dabbling in the dark arts to bring her family back together and the consequences are life-threatening. Things go from bad to worse, mostly from really bad de [...]

    5. I wanted to like this book more. The setting was exotic and the plot got into a little of the island culture. I think the story would have been more engaging with a few less characters and more editing. As it was, the arc of the story was rather flat and predictable. It didn't help that I listened to this book read by a narrator who, while creative in her voices, came across as rather stuck up during the whole of her reading.

    6. I was hoping the book would be more about Seychelles people and less about pathological British colonial family crap. The story is okay I guess. Surveying the other reviews, I sense that readers are missing the comedy of the gri-gri merry-go-round. Jolly good farce with the wife, husband's lover and even the little Brit daughter casting spells in slapstick fashion. Glad to see that the author pulls her childhood memories of Seychelles into her novel.

    7. this is a really interesting take on the fish out of water theme. we watch a very unlikable english family, including their two very young daughters, disintegrate after being relocated by the home office to an equatorial island between madagascar and india. combined with voodoo, racial stigma, and an excellent grasp of the native culture, it is really good story, and keeps your interest throughout.

    8. This novel follows the break-up of a marriage, which occurs after a family relocation from England to the Seychelles. Unfortunately the location provides the only real excitement of the novel. Whilst some of the supporting characters are of some interest, the main characters are two-dimensional. As this is a character-driven story, the failing of these central characters leads to the failure of the novel as a whole. Disappointing, as the novelist describes the locale wonderfully!

    9. I liked this book much better than the two stars would suggest. Its is a real page turner and kept me in suspense. I absorbed the feel of the location, and ms Benedict was excellent with putiing you in the place of an ex-patriot in an exotic locale. The characters were not well developed and the plot line was disjointed. I would call this a great "pass the time read."

    10. I thought this book a true page-turner and was not at all sure how it would end. Zara and Marguerite were very well developed characters and the author had fine descriptive skills. I felt I was right there living the story. The date of 1960 seemed incongrous but there were many such aspects that could have been better, but I quite enjoyed it.

    11. A family can't seem to stop itself from making the mistakes of their parents, no matter how often they swear not to. Displace the family in a tropical climate - throw in some very exotic natives, and you've got this book. Not bad, but nothing felt resolved at the end.

    12. Fascinating story of a British family relocated to The Seychelles islands in the 1960sWhat happens to a conservative British politician and his wife when they move to a tropical islandtalk about Island Fever. Add in jealousy, sex and intrigue.

    13. Lyrical and insightful descriptions of the Seychelles combine with a torpid atmosphere of deceit, magic, and misunderstanding to create a marvelous read. Highly recommend.

    14. Beautiful descriptions of the Seychelles but the end of the book was unfulfilling and generally a disappointment.

    15. Well, I read 177 of the 301 pages in this book and decided that I just didn't want to read anymore! I wasn't really interested in the characters or the story. Very disappointing. Time to move on!!

    16. This was only ok. It was a fairly interesting story, but it had way too much sexual content for my taste.I finished it thinking so what? Not my favorite. Wouldn't recommend it sorry!

    17. The atmosphere was nearly oppressive - it follows a displaced English family that is basically a train wreck in the making. I found the oldest daughter annoying as well as the husband.

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