Waiting on Wednesday (5): Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where we feature not-yet-released books that we are eagerly "waiting on!"
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Release date: February 2, 2010
Synopsis from GoodReads:
From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Midwives, and Skeletons at the Feast comes a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate nature of sacrifice.
"There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about . . . angels.
Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice’s daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen – who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him. But then the State's Attorney begins to suspect that Alice's husband may not have killed himself. . .and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.
Secrets of Eden is both a haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all of our lives. Once again Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems. As one character remarks, “Believe no one. Trust no one. Assume all of our stories are suspect.”
I first found Christ Bohjalian when I read his WWII novel, Skeletons at the Feast (my review). I was blown away. If you haven't read this, and if you have the stomach for WWII novels, pick it up soon. I read quite a bit of historical fiction, and this immediately became one of my favorites.
I later read The Double Bind, and while it didn't affect me in quite the same way, I loved the way the story twisted and turned. I keep hearing that I need to read Midwives, but I haven't gotten to it yet. So when I realized that Bohjalian has a new novel coming out, I was thrilled!
He's undertaking a pretty extensive tour, which you can check out on his website. (I'm looking at you, Pat, and Quail Ridge Books on March 4).
That's my pick for the week. What are you waiting on?