Adam & Eve

( 21 )

Overview

By decoding light from space, Lucy Bergmann’s astrophysicist husband discovers the existence of extraterrestrial life; their friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, unearths from the sands of Egypt an ancient alternative version of the Book of Genesis. To religious fanatics, these discoveries have the power to rock the foundations of their faith. Entrusted to deliver this revolutionary news to both the scientific and religious communities, Lucy becomes the target of Perpetuity, a secret society. When her small plane ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (46) from $1.99   
  • New (18) from $1.99   
  • Used (28) from $1.99   
Adam & Eve: A Novel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$11.49
BN.com price

Overview

By decoding light from space, Lucy Bergmann’s astrophysicist husband discovers the existence of extraterrestrial life; their friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, unearths from the sands of Egypt an ancient alternative version of the Book of Genesis. To religious fanatics, these discoveries have the power to rock the foundations of their faith. Entrusted to deliver this revolutionary news to both the scientific and religious communities, Lucy becomes the target of Perpetuity, a secret society. When her small plane crashes, Lucy finds herself in a place called Eden with an American soldier named Adam, whose quest for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has driven him to madness.

Set against the searing debate between evolutionists and creationists, Adam & Eve is a thriller, a romance, an adventure, an idyll—a tour de force from Sena Jeter Naslund, one of the most imaginative and inspired writers of our time.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

People Magazine
"Exceptional...A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time, revealing the Queen’s journey from frivolity to responsibility, and from palace to prison cell to be one of striking beauty and terrible loss. 4 stars."
USA Weekend
“Filled with the fear Naslund witnessed, the characters ...come to life ....Naslund succeeds splendidly in making history a page-turner.”
Detroit Free Press
“This is a wonderful, wonderful novel ...[Naslund] has blown a deep breath of life into Four Spirits.”
Louisville Courier Journal
Adam & Eve has the potential of making not simply a splash, but a small tsunami. The novel is nothing less than a futuristic gloss on all creation, pitting religious fundamentalism against the discovery of extraterrestrial life”
New York Times Book Review
“Surprisingly affecting. ”
Boston Globe
“[A] charming parable...but along the way, Naslund weaves into the story an effective condemnation of dogma and religious zealotry as well as an understated plea for open-mindedness and tolerance.”
Bookreporter.com
“[Adam & Eve] transcends the boundaries of the genres it flirts with. In the hands of a lesser storyteller, it might degrade into a flimsy pastiche, but Sena Jeter Naslund’s lyrical, exact prose kept me engaged.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“This is a brave and multifaceted book, propelled by a mission, and ...it is a page-turner.”
People
“Exceptional...A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time, revealing the Queen’s journey from frivolity to responsibility, and from palace to prison cell to be one of striking beauty and terrible loss. 4 stars.”
Christian Science Monitor
“A wealth of period details...the queen faces imprisonment and beheading with both charm and a new dignity, even the most cynical reader will wish for a last-minute pardon.”
Elle
“[Naslund] shed[s] light on what the creation myth (and religious fanaticism) reveals about the human condition: that however formative our beginnings may be, they can always give way to the drama of rebirth. In Adam & Eve, Naslund asks, Which is really more important to us?”
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Naslund’s insight and craftsmanship ...capture the complexities and cultural nuances of the times.”
Alabama Writers' Forum
“A really satisfying surprise ending.”
New York Times
“Provocative”
Huntsville Times
Adam & Eve is a book about passions—a carefully crafted mosaic of devoted love, gut-wrenching betrayal, religious extremism, scientific inquiry, artistic expression…a wonderfully imaginative romp.”
Huntsville Times on ADAM & EVE
Adam & Eve is a book about passions—a carefully crafted mosaic of devoted love, gut-wrenching betrayal, religious extremism, scientific inquiry, artistic expression…a wonderfully imaginative romp.”
Louise Erdrich on Ahab's Wife
“An intense treat, powerfully written, Ahab’s Wife is one of the best contemporary novels I have read in years.
New York Times on ADAM & EVE
“Provocative”
Alabama Writers' Forum on ADAM & EVE
“A really satisfying surprise ending.”
USA Weekend
“Filled with the fear Naslund witnessed, the characters ...come to life ....Naslund succeeds splendidly in making history a page-turner.”
Louisville Courier Journal
Adam & Eve has the potential of making not simply a splash, but a small tsunami. The novel is nothing less than a futuristic gloss on all creation, pitting religious fundamentalism against the discovery of extraterrestrial life”
People
“Exceptional...A richly detailed portrait of an opulent, turbulent time, revealing the Queen’s journey from frivolity to responsibility, and from palace to prison cell to be one of striking beauty and terrible loss. 4 stars.”
Detroit Free Press
“This is a wonderful, wonderful novel ...[Naslund] has blown a deep breath of life into Four Spirits.”
Elle
“[Naslund] shed[s] light on what the creation myth (and religious fanaticism) reveals about the human condition: that however formative our beginnings may be, they can always give way to the drama of rebirth. In Adam & Eve, Naslund asks, Which is really more important to us?”
Boston Globe
“[A] charming parable...but along the way, Naslund weaves into the story an effective condemnation of dogma and religious zealotry as well as an understated plea for open-mindedness and tolerance.”
New York Times Book Review
“Surprisingly affecting. ”
San Diego Union-Tribune
“Naslund’s insight and craftsmanship ...capture the complexities and cultural nuances of the times.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“This is a brave and multifaceted book, propelled by a mission, and ...it is a page-turner.”
Christian Science Monitor
“A wealth of period details...the queen faces imprisonment and beheading with both charm and a new dignity, even the most cynical reader will wish for a last-minute pardon.”
Bookreporter.com
“[Adam & Eve] transcends the boundaries of the genres it flirts with. In the hands of a lesser storyteller, it might degrade into a flimsy pastiche, but Sena Jeter Naslund’s lyrical, exact prose kept me engaged.”
Publishers Weekly
Naslund (Ahab's Wife) delivers a cheesy blend of futuristic thriller, pseudoreligious speculation, and idyllic romance. In 2017, Lucy Bergmann's astrophysicist husband is murdered just before he is to reveal the existence of extraterrestrial life. Now, as the keeper of a copy of his data, Lucy's being stalked by the leaders of a sect called Perpetuity, who intend to destroy any challenge to their fundamentalist beliefs. And when Lucy agrees to transport an ancient scroll that offers an alternate version of the Book of Genesis from Cairo to the Dordogne, she becomes a double target. Lucy pilots a plane (this convenient ability is indicative of the preposterous plot) and crash-lands in Mesopotamia, where she meets a gorgeous, naked man named Adam (an American GI gone a touch nutty) who nurses her back to health in a facsimile of the Garden of Eden. Their chaste but busy domesticity is eventually threatened by the evil Perpetuity crew, and they face even more danger after an escape to France. It's embarrassingly bad in every way, from the dopey conceit of a 21st-century Eden to the paper-thin characters who spout ersatz philosophy and spiritual theorizing while enjoying the cloying clichés of romance fiction. (Oct.)
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061579288
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: P.S. Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 974,428
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sena Jeter Naslund

Sena Jeter Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, which have been translated into eight languages and published in Australia and the United Kingdom, where her book Ahab's Wife was a finalist for the Orange Prize. Those who've read her novel Abundance, A Novel of Marie Antoinette will recognize the character of Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun from that book. Naslund lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Biography

Sena Jeter Naslund grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where she attended public schools and received a B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College. She has also lived in Louisiana, West Virginia, and California. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. In addition to two other novels and two collections of short stories, her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review and many others.

For 12 years she directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville, where she teaches and holds the title Distinguished Teaching Professor. Concurrently, she is a member of the M.F.A. in Writing faculty of Vermont College. She is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine The Louisville Review and the Fleur-de-lis Press, housed at Spaulding University, and has taught at the University of Montana and Indiana University. She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Naslund is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council.

She has taught literature since 1972, directing the creative writing program at University of Louisville, where she was awarded its first-ever Distinguished Teaching Professor honor.

Read More Show Less
    1. Hometown:
      Louisville, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A., Birmingham-Southern College; M.A., Ph.D. University of Iowa Writers' Workshop

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 21 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(8)

3 Star

(5)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews
  • Posted August 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Story of New Beginings

    "Adam & Eve" by Sena Jeter Naslund is a fic­tional book which tries to tackle the evo­lu­tion / cre­ation­ism debate through its char­ac­ters and via the sto­ry­line. The book encom­passes a love story, thriller and mys­tery in short space.

    Lucy Bergmann watched her hus­band die in, what she thought, was a freak acci­dent. He has entrusted Lucy with his life's work on, appro­pri­ately enough, a mem­ory drive (thumb drive, flash drive)proof of extrater­res­trial life which she wears around her neck.

    The Bergmann's friend, Pierre Saad dis­cov­ers a new ver­sion of the bib­li­cal book "Gen­e­sis". Together with the proof of extrater­res­trial life these dis­cov­er­ies threaten Judaism, Chris­tian­ity and Islam which makes Lucy and Pierre tar­gets. When Lucy's plane crushes, she finds her­self in the Gar­den of Eden with an Amer­i­can solider named Adam who believes she is his Eve.

    "Adam & Eve" by Sena Jeter Naslund is a story about begin­nings, rein­vent­ing one­self and is full of metaphors about the gen­e­sis and Gen­e­sis. Clearly we've taken things lit­er­ally and out of con­text when it comes to reli­gion and just as well it is easy to do so with this book.

    The writ­ing also reminded me of the way the bible is writ­ten, it is lyri­cal with beau­ti­ful prose and well writ­ten. The Hebrew bible is not full of "thy" and "thou" but is writ­ten in sim­ple lan­guage, poetic and to a mea­sured beat. I have no idea why the trans­la­tors chose to trans­late in a high brow man­ner and even change some of the mean­ings -- but that's a dif­fer­ent discussion.

    I did enjoy the book but I think it would be bet­ter enjoyed with mul­ti­ple read­ings, get­ting accus­tomed to the writ­ing style took me a while, I was almost a quar­ter way through the book before I got used to it and about half way through before I real­ized that the book is try­ing to tell an alle­gor­i­cal story. This is when I gave the plot holes, some huge, a pass.

    Actu­ally, the story becomes less inter­est­ing when the author leaves the deno­ta­tive approach and becomes lit­eral. How­ever, to her credit it must be said that the theme of "Gen­e­sis", in terms of adapt­ing, sur­viv­ing, and rein­vent­ing, is always present.

    The theme of "Gen­e­sis", not is in ori­gin, but as an event that begins some­thing, is a premise that I can iden­tify with and spoke to me through­out the book. I have lived in sev­eral coun­tries and in many cul­tures: rural, city, sub­ur­ban and even in a col­lec­tive for a large part of my life. Each time it was the end of one thing and the begin­ning of other. Each one was dif­fi­cult but frankly I feel sorry for those who born and die within a 5 mile radius and never expe­ri­ence any­thing dif­fer­ent. This is espe­cially sad in the United States where young peo­ple rarely travel and older o

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Fascinating Premise, Boring Overwrought Delivery

    Having read "Abundance" by Naslund, I felt I understand her approach and was expecting a highly detailed book. But I also thought there would be a story that made some sense. This is more than fantasy, with the main character being "by the way" a great aviator - please! The author is brilliant at writing the longest description of the briefest action. Is that always bad? No, I love words. But, in this case, the details of the adventure in "Eden" are slow and tedious, and describing how the air goes in and out of someone's mouth, how it affects their nostrils and lips and senses...too much and not that interesting!
    I still can't make much sense of the big discovery. Naslund takes forever to get there and then turns it into a Cussler-type escape. But Clive does it much better and makes it fun.
    I rated it high for a book club discussion because if there are others willing to read this book, it might be fun to diss it to death. Then again, I would kill the person who suggested it. This may be one of the worst books I have ever read, because it is full of self importance.
    For readers looking for Eden, love, fabulous prose, or simply an engaging rainy day book, don't waste your time.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 26, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Wish The End Would Have Been As Good As The Begining

    I have started, deleted, started again, and deleted again more times than I think you really want to know or I am willing to admit to. I have even wasted an hour on Facebook, avoiding this review. For some reason I'm having a damned hard time reviewing this one and after about 2 hours of this, I think I know the answer why. I loved the first 2/3 of the book, the last 1/3, I could really do without. My problem is that last 1/3 is tainting my whole view of the book.

    I loved the way the characters are introduced, especially Lucy and Adam. Lucy is happily married art therapist, who get to travel the world with her husband as he attends conferences. After his tragic death, by a falling piano, her world is turned upside down for a bit. A year later, when she is attending a conference in Cairo, being held to honor her deceased husband, she is still consumed by grief. When her plane crashes into a sea, she climbs out, shedding her burning clothing as she goes. By the time she reaches land, she is naked, hurt and searching for the naked man she saw as her plane was going down.

    We first meet Adam after he has been abandoned by his captors who have stripped, raped, and beaten him repeatedly. He is mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically broken. Because of the setting he wakes up in, he thinks he is the Adam of the Bible and has been personally created by the hand of God. He has decided living in a religious haze is better than dealing with the truth. It doesn't help that he was already traumatized by the war itself. Once Lucy joins him, he thinks God has finally sent him his Eve.

    When these two characters come together I loved it. Their interactions are fascinating to read and their story is told in a wonderfully quirky way that I find compelling. Even when another American soldier joins them in Eden, I love the way all three of them work together. There is a wonderfully drawn out examination of the themes behind the original Adam & Eve, but it's not done in a literal manner. Everything is done in metaphor and comparison, and all of it in such a subtle manner that you could just choose to ignore it all and enjoy the story for itself.

    It's when Lucy and Adam are taken out of that setting that I started to not appreciate what it was I was reading. Out of that context, I found the religious explorations to be a little too heavy handed and not all that interesting. There was no longer a smoothness about the story that I had been enjoying and the themes felt a little too forced at times and a bit boring on top of it. I don't think it helped that the bad guys were one dimensional and took away from the story. I would have either liked a bigger, meaner villain or no villains at all.

    If I was forced to give an answer to the question of whether or not I liked the overall story, I would have to say yes. But it would be a hesitant yes that just as easily been a no.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Starteller PLZ READ IF U WANT TO BE IN THE TRIBe

    Sorry guys! Its actually at res four! My mistake!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Adam and Eve

    I have told several people that "The Four Spirits" is perhaps my all time favorite book. So when I saw this title I bought it without hesitation. Wow, what a disappointment!
    I read once that a writer must always remember verisimillitude when writing, even if the book is science fiction. Thr reader must be able to agree with the author to "believe" for the duration of their ride together. That is where this book failed and, and failed miserably. For one thing, and this is just a minor detail compared with all the instances of the braking of the reality of the book, no woman in the world would not be at least subliminally aware of "all those Lucy's"! And to compound this and make that one of the major points of the ENTIRE book ( I was so tired of hearing about it from Lucy by the end of the book), come on! Too many coincidences, unreal characterizations, and I could't agree more with the first review here about the ending. I actually had to fight with myself to finsh the last 60 pgs or so. Seriously, speaking as a voracious reader, skip this one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 21 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)