Eve Green

Eve Green

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by Susan Fletcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393327981

ISBN-13: 9780393327984

Pub. Date: 09/19/2005

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Winner of the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award.
"Susan Fletcher's first novel . . . is one of those lyrical books about childhood in which the physical details—the sights, the smells—take on a vividness that's entrancing."—Polly Shulman,New York Times Book Review "Readers who like to plumb the depths of loss and its counterpart—the joy of

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Winner of the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award.
"Susan Fletcher's first novel . . . is one of those lyrical books about childhood in which the physical details—the sights, the smells—take on a vividness that's entrancing."—Polly Shulman,New York Times Book Review "Readers who like to plumb the depths of loss and its counterpart—the joy of living—would do well to pick up [Eve Green]."—Jessica Treadway,Chicago Tribune
After her young mother'ssudden death eight-year-old Eve is sent to live with her grandparents in rural Wales. In this unfamiliar world, she is told stories about her relatives but is forbidden to ask about her father, an Irish thief who abandoned her mother. When an older girl in town disappears, Eve is drawn into the longstanding secrets and suspicions of her town. A rare page turner, Eve Green is a dramatic story about a grievous error of judgment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393327984
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/19/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Eve Green 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found the dreamy prose of Eve Green to be highly satisfying. Fletcher has Eve narrate just as anyone reminiscing might, holding a conversation with the reader: she discusses the matters of today, and then flows back to her memories that have shaped who she is today. In fact, I found that often the back- and-forth narration marked a consistent contrast that maintained order in the book: each memory provoked a present-day thought, which led naturally to another memory. I was certainly never lost, and the book has held my attention for multiple rereadings. I also very much enjoyed Fletcher's close attention to detail, which makes her prose vivid, delightful and beautiful to read, and perfectly fits the child's-eye view that Eve shares with us as she recounts the events that shaped her first year in Wales. Overall, the book's themes, while not particularly unique, are expressed in a wonderfully new way, and Fletcher's ability to uncover for her reader multiple stories (Eve's current life with Daniel and an upcoming baby, Eve's childhood in Wales, and the story of Eve's parents) is remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a very avid reader of many years and I can wholeheartly agree with the two reviewers that left a negative rating. It was almost impossible to figure out the theme of this book because she jumped from one age - eight years old to suddenly standing in a graveyard as an adult expecting a child and then flip flops back to being a child again at her grandparents farm. It moves forward and then back tracks. After 62 pages of this torture, I removed my bookmark and said enough. I have no patience with authors that lack consistency in their narration. I will not attempt any other future books by this author. Eve Green was her first novel and should be her last unless she can change her narrative to flow more in keeping with the reader's interest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected more from this novel after hearing so much about it. It is very poetic but I hated the way the author flip-flopped in her narration.