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Eden Close

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  7,996 Ratings  ·  431 Reviews
A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.

Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did n
Paperback, 265 pages
Published 1994 by Abacus (first published 1989)
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Jun 09, 2007 Flannery rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are cool with cliches
Anita Shreve is another flowery-prose-and-cliche-lovers. I read Lisa's ([]) copy of this book that she found shoved under her oil tank.

It was okay. The plot isn't very memorable. In fact, I had to check Amazon to refresh myself on it to write this review. I remember the relationship between Andrew and Eden as being sweet. Unfortunately, the thing I remember most clearly are the tired cliches and nauseating flowery descriptions. Too many words, just say wha
Saoirse Sterling
They Made Me read this book in College and it was one of the worst periods of my life. Not because of anything happening to me, except the reading of this book. I'm unlikely to re-read it, so I'll attempt a review from a very old memory...

Dire is the word that comes to mind. Very thin, very clichéd plot with some of the worst characters I've ever come across. The prose was flowery, twee and just the slowest. I hated it back then, I truly did. I hate myself for being able to remember this book, t
Mar 18, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am fairly assured that when I pick up an Anita Shreve book I am going to enjoy the reading and the unpredictability that seems to be a hallmark for her.This was no different.
Apparently one of her older ones and unknown to me until I picked it up at a book sale, it was no less appealing from being somewhat outdated. She takes a situation, infuses it with humanness and the random bits of detail needed to pique interest and gradually, without seeming to be doing so, reels you into the suspense a
Dec 27, 2009 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to understand what the author was aiming for as she wrote this book. As another reviewer wrote, one could see where this book was headed from a mile away, so one assumes that Ms. Shreve wasn't trying to write a mystery or build up to a surprise ending. The writing, although a bit odd sylistically, wasn't particularly beautiful or interesting (although there were certainly some well-turned phrases and some well described scenes -- brushing hair, the pond), so Ms. Shreve couldn't have w ...more
Dec 30, 2009 Shyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book I picked up on my lunch break for something to read while I ate. I just grabbed a book off the new books shelf at the book store and started in. I had no idea what to expect. The book is about a man, Andrew, who comes back to his childhood home after his mother passes away. He has not been home much to visit since he left for college and has not stayed in touch with anyone from town, including his next door neightbor, Eden Close the girl he grew up with. Eden had been his tom boy ...more
Kelly Hager
May 10, 2010 Kelly Hager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's about a man who returns to his hometown after his mother dies. He's been gone for 17 years; he left for college not long after his next door neighbor was shot and his daughter assaulted. The daughter, Eden Close, was one of his best friends growing up. She's next door again, living with her mom.

While he's home, Andrew starts to delve into the story of what actually happened that night and why Eden's mom is so protective of her.

I only have one Anita Shreve book left. :( I hope she releases a
Nadia Noland
May 13, 2009 Nadia Noland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the book. It was sort af mystery/love story. The writing was detailed enough that I felt I could see everything for myself.
Nov 01, 2011 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Eden Close by Anita Shreve, a young man named Andrew returns to his childhood house after the death of his mother to attend the funeral and pack up the house and try to sell it. The longer Andrew stays renovating his old home, the more childhood memories flood his mind. Like the memories of Eden Close, his childhood neighbor and friend. The summer before Andrew had left for college, Eden had been blinded by a gunshot to the face in her own home, and her father had been murdered. The ...more
Kathleen Dixon
Dec 01, 2009 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
What a clever title. I thought at first (of course) that it was the name of a street. I had deliberately not read the blurb. So when I discovered it was the name of the girl-next-door it was a delightful surprise. What it does, is plant the book squarely in a place, saying that the place this all happens in is as important as the girl.

Sometimes reading several books by the one author, immediately following each other, makes them blur. I daresay that might happen - I read Where and When in 2 days
Having a good friend is very important in our life. Make a good friend is not as easy as we tought. A good friend will always be there when we need it. He/She will always give us a spirit to reach something. He/She will not forget us even he's/she's not close to us. Beside that, I also learned about how to be a good person. Sometimes we didn't realize what we are doing. We never think about the effect from what we have done. We never think if theres a good or bad thing will come to us. Then, at ...more
Eva Leger
Apr 22, 2010 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eva by: Suzanna
Shelves: b-fiction, chic-lit
Wow - Anita Shreve has a talent unlike any I've seen before. I love the way she writes - it's amazing and seems to transport me to wherever the characters are.
I love when I read a blurb that actually fits with the book. So many times the blurbs just say anything and are laughable but the New York Times Book Review said that "Its insights are keen, its language measuered and haunting." And that's all true.
It's really amazing and no one can do her writing justice - you have to read it for yourse
Aug 25, 2008 Wayne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For some odd reason, I had to study this for A-Level literature (yes, A-level). It was beyond me why such a modern (not that amazing) book was on an A-Level curriculum but there you go. Half of me wants to say that the book bored me yet the other half wants me to admit that the writing style and character development was particularly good. I couldn't help but think it was just a bit of a woman's 'holiday read' and I didn't really get much from it. I thought it was written too much like a movie s ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
The fact that this is Shreve's first novel is evident throughout the first half. Her writing style is less polished than in later novels and there is a lot of redundency in her word choice. The story focuses on Andrew as he returns to his childhood roots following the death of his mother. His memories of one fateful night 17 years earlier come to light as he again encounters neighbors from his past. Although I was able to predict the majority of the outcome there was enough suspense to keep me c ...more
May 08, 2016 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An absorbing tale about two families, connected by the horror that struck one of them.

Andrew returns to his childhood home for his mother's funeral. His next-door neighbor had been looking out for her until she died. As Andrew sets about putting things in order, he thinks back on the two days that caused sudden change in his neighbors' lives. The first was when a baby was found on the doorstep, and Mr. Close wanted to keep it. The second happened years later, when the baby, now a teen, was blin
Feb 27, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I savored every word because her writing is so beautiful. There is something so familiar about her characters, insights that make you say, 'yes! exactly!' , sometimes out loud. In this way her writing resembles Elizabeth Berg. As much as I liked this one I did think that the story dragged in a few places, especially for as short a novel as it is. But the feeling of those two lonely houses alone together in a sea of farmland and the two old friends and would be lovers will be with me a while.

Apr 29, 2009 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Here's how Anita Shreve is not like Mae West: when she's good, she's very good, but when she's bad, she's pretty mundane.

This is not one of her good books, in my opinion. I saw the big climax coming from a mile away. I thought the emotions were clunky in this one, and some big questions remained unanswered--like why did Eden choose to remain living with her mother?

The thing that redeemed this book was it had a nice happy ending. But I would give this one a pass.
Jan 06, 2016 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 21, 2012 Florence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anita Shreve is such a compelling story teller. The characters in this book came alive for me. Swimming in a cool pond in the midst of an August heat wave; walking through a cornfield; an old farmhouse kitchen filled with memories. All of these places existed while I was reading. An the dark secrets revealed at the end were hovering over the story from page one.
This started off slow, sort of confusing in the first chapter. I actually took a break from reading it, but then started again and was glad the story got better. The chapters were long, I don't like that in a book, because you can often get lost while reading and forget what you are reading about. But, these held their own and I didn't need to back track to re-read something. This is my first book to read by this author and I have others that I will read of hers. I liked how the story ended. Hal ...more
Travis Ward
Jul 23, 2014 Travis Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Anita Shreve's novels in general, and her writing style always leaves me impressed. That was the case as I read this story, too. She's a master of subtlety, capturing the biggest emotions in the smallest gestures and details. The story takes place in the present, but there are many flashbacks to the past, both as a way to establish character and also plot. I enjoyed the dynamic between the young people most of all. It was magical and made me feel that poignant sensation of youth ...more
Aug 10, 2014 LuAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anita Shreve has been one of my favorite authors for years and I’ve read quite a few of her books. As always, Eden Close is a great story and one that keeps the reader waiting to find out what happened to the now-grown teenage girl.
When she was young, someone broke into her home, raped her and shot her father. No one ever found out who committed this act and life went on for the small town where she lived. Her next door neighbor and friend grew up and left for a new life but has now returned to
Feb 21, 2009 Nicka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Anita Shreve has written much better novels. I guessed too quickly where the plot was going, partly because of a blurb that gave just a little too much away, and my prime sentiment when working my way through it was impatience. Not much originality here.
Mar 28, 2010 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book, a great story, characters you could really like and wonderfully written, it was a joy to read.
Nov 29, 2014 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I probably shouldn't, I love Anita Shreve. She's actually a pretty good writer. Evocative. She keeps me interested to the end.
Feb 08, 2015 Oanh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I have always enjoyed Anita Shreve's writing, and this book is no different. She writes a particular kind of American novel, tuned to and interrogating quiet domestic lives. Cliches and stereotypes abound, I suppose, but they don't define, entirely, the characters. I loved the imagery of the son, trying to find the character of his mother after her death, and finding nothing in her things that gave him any clue beyond what he already knew. Yes, you can see from a mile off what the denouement wil ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Lexie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a stinker. I guessed the ending and then only finished it because I wanted to see if I was right.
Jul 27, 2015 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took a little bit for me to get into and for the story to get going, but once it did, it was pretty good. The language was very descriptive, so you can really see the story.

Andrew returned to his childhood home after his mother passed away for her funeral and to take care of things. Once there, he remembers the girl next door, and the attack and murder that took place there many years before. The attacker was never found, and Andrew tries to piece together what happened that night, as
I bought this during a trip to the beach when I discovered there was a library book sale going on! So despite the TBR pile consisting of about 10 books, it was required of me to buy the beach! Score!

And I bought it because I sometimes enjoy Anita Shreve & her particular brand of mind candy.

I was looking for just such mind candy after finishing "Team of Rivals." So in that way, Eden Close filled a need. Beyond that, I can't say I liked it much. I believe this is one
Rebecca Moll
I have read several of Anita Shreve's novels and love her ability to put you into the mood and emotions of her story. In Eden Close it seems her ability to do so was at its infancy. Although a quick read and interesting enough the gloom pervaded the story and was almost too much. The story line was compelling but no great surprise. I think an ending where Andrew did not get the girl would have been more in line with the mood and maybe even more believable. Regardless, I will still seek out Shrev ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
pool - side read!!!
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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). A ...more
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“A person walks into a room and says hello, and your life takes a course for which you are not prepared. It's a tiny moment (almost-but not quite-unremarkable), the beginning of a hundred thousand tiny moments and some larger ones.” 35 likes
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