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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eve Adams Narrator: Scott Sowers Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As touching as it is humorous, The Garden of Eden is a parable for our time with a powerful and ultimately redemptive ending that speaks to oft underappreciated virtues such as loyalty (sticking with those you love even when they screw up royally), tolerance, and forgiveness. It’s also about the values that keep America together—-the simple solutions ordinary people find to keep their small communities strong.
Trooper Sam Neely is fresh out of the State Police academy and finds himself assigned to the dullest backwater town he’s never heard of. Things heat up quickly in Eden, U.S.A., however, when Ed Harris, the banker, finds his wife in bed with his best friend, Hayden Elkins. Ed picks up a shotgun, escorts them both to the door, and tells friend Hayden, “Guess what? She’s yours!”
“I’ve got a wife, Ed,” says Hayden.
“Now you have two. . . ."
Forced to take his paramour to live under his own roof (after all, they had only intended to share an afternoon of delight, not to leave their spouses), Hayden suddenly finds himself the butt of every joke in town.
That’s where things start to spin out of control.
Before long, Elijah Murphy, the town drunk, and the snooping widow next door, to whom he’d exposed himself, are falling in love; sleazy Sheriff’s Deputy Delmar Clay is about to get a butt-full of birdshot for the pictures he’s been snapping of young couples getting hot and heavy in parked cars; and the Barrow Boys are out of jail and looking for trouble. Soon, Neely finds that managing the crises in the sticks is a full-time job, and it takes a whole community—-from the compassionate local magistrate to the new female preacher—-to keep things from exploding big-city style.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sherri Jordan-Asble | 2/16/2014

    " This book, published after Hemingway's death, is one of the best Hemingway novels. It has a different subject matter that you would expect of a Hemingway classic, but is still written in that same precise style that we love from this author. The subject matter is a bit dark and definately has an adult theme. I've read it twice, and I'll probably read it again soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 2/8/2014

    " Not my favorite of Hemingway's, i felt there was a lot of unnecessary parts to the story that could have been edited out. The characters are very well-rounded. The story is different of those from Hemingway's original canon, but i felt this was a novel of jealously and memory and how these two emotions battled against each other. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kaarin | 1/25/2014

    " I'm guessing that I came at Hemingway in a completely different way from most readers in that this posthumously published book was one of the first things that I ever read by him. And it was sort of an "a-ha" moment; so *this* is what they mean by the clean and lean Hemingway style... I fell into this book effortlessly, read it quickly, and was very affected (and impressed)by it. I know it's considered one of his inferior works, but who cares. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cory | 1/24/2014

    " This was a very interesting book. This being my first book by Hemingway, I can't really say how it compares to his other novels, but I really enjoyed it. Without being to explicit (actually nothing is ever actually described outright), the story was a very erotic one. Hemingway died while writing this book, never having finished it. I don't feel like it feels unfinished. The ending wraps up nicely. "

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