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This is a parable for our times: a take on small town America that is hilarious, moving, and utterly original

Eden, USA, is the perfect place to live until Ed Harris, the banker, finds his wife in bed with his best friend. Shotgun in hand, he escorts them to the door, and tells his friend: “Guess what? She’s yours!”

“I’ve got a wife, Ed,” says the friend.

“Now you have two...”

Suddenly, Eden is turned upside down: love blossoms between the town...

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Overview

This is a parable for our times: a take on small town America that is hilarious, moving, and utterly original

Eden, USA, is the perfect place to live until Ed Harris, the banker, finds his wife in bed with his best friend. Shotgun in hand, he escorts them to the door, and tells his friend: “Guess what? She’s yours!”

“I’ve got a wife, Ed,” says the friend.

“Now you have two...”

Suddenly, Eden is turned upside down: love blossoms between the town drunk and his teetotaling neighbor, the Barrow Boys make parole, and the teenagers give the snooping sheriff’s deputy more than a whiff of birdshot.

The Garden of Eden is about loyalty, sticking with those you love, tolerance and forgiveness—and the simple solutions ordinary people find to keep small communities strong.

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Eden, U.S.A., is the sort of agreeable, homey fictional landscape where reliable, bighearted men live alongside earthy, loyal women-if in sometimes unconventional domestic arrangements. When banker Ed Harris discovers his wife, Anne, in bed with his best friend, town prosecutor Hayden Elkins, Ed, in his typical stoic but droll style, sends Anne home with Hayden to become his "second wife." ("You and your damned peter!" hollers his first, to whom Hayden's still married.) The setup is the center of a rambling, generous excavation of numerous plot lines by the pseudonymous Adams. The likable, eccentric ensemble includes the town's first female preacher, who has a preternatural ability to help people emerge from their troubles; the boyish, strapping manager of the town junkyard whose terror over getting married is driving his longtime girlfriend to distraction; the rookie police trooper bewildered to find himself assigned to this "rusticated nowhere"; and the gentle town drunk who strives to better himself when he catches a glimpse of romantic possibility with his widowed neighbor. The book's pleasing benignity is not marred by its occasional predictability, and Adams's understated humor and generous spirit make this a comforting story of lessons being learned, demons getting laid to rest and good guys winning. Agent, Robert Gottlieb. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"The Garden of Eden is a reader's paradise of memorable characters and quirky plots. This is one book you won't forget."

—-Sandra Dallas, author of New Mercies and The Persian Pickle Club

"Filled with twists and turns and quirky characters, The Garden of Eden is laugh-out-loud humor with a southern accent."

—-Julie Ortolon, U.S.A. Today bestselling author of Don't Tempt Me

"I had fun hanging out in Eden's garden, where the apple's already eaten and now the snake better watch his backside . . . a funny, wise, romantic, and altogether pleasing novel."

—-Homer Hickam, bestselling author of The Keeper's Son, The Coalwood Way, and Rocket Boys, on which the movie October Sky was based

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593973728
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 5.84 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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THE GARDEN OF EDEN is written by a New York Times bestselling author.

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