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Eve Green

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  1,227 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Pregnant with her first child, Eve Green recalls her mother's death when she was eight years old and her struggle to make sense of her parents' mysterious romantic past. Eve is sent to live with her grandparents in rural Wales, where she finds comfort in friendships with Daniel, a quiet farmhand, and Billy, a disabled, reclusive friend of her mother's. When a ravishing loc ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 19th 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 21st 2004)
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I bought this book as a part of Harper Perennial Collection set. I didn’t even know I had it. When I came across the title on my spreadsheet which lists all the books that I own (out of which almost 400 are still unread) I couldn’t recall it all but it looked like the sort of lighter lyrical book one might take on holiday (if one is the sort of person who doesn’t take Fifty Shades of Grey on her holiday).

On the surface it is full of the really basic ingredients: coming of age, mystery, secrets,
Feb 27, 2008 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ellen by: mum
Ive read a few of the previous reviews of this book and have to say that i disagree with their comments. I think that it is a beautifully written book that must be lauded for being a first time novel. The way the story moves so effortlessly from past to present, slowly unravelling its secrets kept me enthralled. It is a beguiling sad tale which i would recommend to anyone. Ive spent the last two days devouring it, while doing so neglecting to start a course essay that badly needs starting-ooops! ...more
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I think I don't like this rating system, but I guess you have to have something. Eve Green doesn't have the depth of character of Angle of Repose, for instance, nor the precise and beautiful language of Elegance of the Hedgehog. This book won the 2004 Whitbread Award for First Novel and deservedly so.

Not a love story, it is a story of love. Not just a story of human love, but a story of the love of the land as well. I will never actually visit Wales. This book gives that country light and beauty
As twenty-nine-year-old Eve Green prepares for the birth of her child, she thinks back on her own mother and, more specifically, on the confusing and emotional year after her mother's sudden death. At seven years old, Eve is sent to Wales to live with grandparents she barely knows, and even as she grieves for her mother, she yearns to find out more about her mysterious father. As she begins to uncover the family secrets, Eve becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a loc ...more
Rachel Holierhoek
Susan Fletcher's debut, Whitbread Award-winning novel Eve Green is a coming of age story. Eve is eight years old when her mother suddenly dies. She does not know her father and is taken to live with her grandparents in rural Wales. Eight-year-old Eve embarks on country adventures, begins secret friendships, and finds she has inherited the hate one of the town's men held for her father. The narrative unwinds with 28-year-old Eve, expecting her first child, reflecting on the year the prettiest gir ...more
Her Royal Orangeness
After 8-year-old Eve Green’s mother dies, she is sent to Wales to live with her grandparents whom she has never met. She experiences a calamitous year during which she uncovers secrets about her parents while also being tragically affected by the disappearance of a young girl. This year in her life is told in retrospective when Eve is 29 years old and trying to make sense of all that happened at that time.

This is a beautiful novel filled with lyrical prose, vivid descriptions, and a compelling s
Like my friend Elizabeth, I would have like the option to give this 3.5 stars but I've rounded it up. It is a beautifully told coming of age tale through the eyes of an 7 year old girl who moves from Birmingham following the death of her mother, to live in rural Wales with her grandparents. Here she tries to find out more about her father, whom she never knew, and hangs on to any snippet of information about her mother.

Evie's desperation to know who she is and why everyone seems to hate her fath
I could not put this one down! Spotted it on the library new books. This is a first novel and I look forward to many more. This one set in Wales is a story of a young girl who finds herself sent to live with her grandparents in Wales after the sudden death of her mother.
She is thrust into a whole new life experience with people she has never met before.
There is a mystery threaded through the book, the disappearance of another young girl.
Interesting to see how she interacts with many different
Kat Skarbek
Another fantastic offering from Susan Fletcher. I admit to wondering if I would really like a book written from the perspective of an 8 yr old but this is a charming and powerful book, not least because it, in part, reminds me of my own childhood and in part because I have a nearly 8 yr old. Susan is a master of descriptive prose about places, in this instance it is the beauty of Wales she shares. She brings Wales alive to all of the senses and she imbues the land with such magical qualities tha ...more
Ihana. <3
It took me a while to get into the book as it is written from the point of view of Evangeline as a child initially and then hops back and forwards a bit.It might just be me as sometimes it takes me a while to get into a new author's style of writing.

We start with Evangeline and her mother at home in Birmingham and she describes their home and surroundings. Sadly very early on her mother dies and Eva is sent to live with grandparents she has never met in Wales on a farm. Eva is only seven and thi
Elizabeth Emily Browne
This was a beautiful coming of age story. Which has a sweet understated love story running through. I found this book slightly slow going but I think that was down to me not having the time rather than the actual book.

All the characters were wonderful. I truly do not have one bad thing to say about this book. Love the genre, the author and the characters. Definitely a good read.
Elizabeth Moffat
This is more like a three and a half star from me. I was really looking forward to this book after loving the author's second book Oystercatchers, and I wasn't disappointed. There are a lot of issues tackled in this novel, which are pulled off with minimal effort and lots of lovely descriptive writing. Definitely a fan.

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I thought I was going to love this book. Eve Green is reflecting on the loss she has faced as a child when she is pregnant with her first child.

This book is beautifully written with a fairly decent plot but while I identified with the central themes that were explored and some of the emotions Eve experienced, it didn't transport me anywhere. There were times when I was gripped and others where I could go without reading it for a few days. This book only has one central character and sometimes I
I found this book secondhand and have learned over the years that, generally speaking, when a book jumps off the shelf and calls my name like this one did, I need to buy it. I hadn't heard of it before and didn't know anything about it, other than what was on the back cover. But I picked it up, nonetheless, and I'm glad I did.

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Sonia Gomes
Mar 12, 2009 Sonia Gomes rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sonia by: British Council Library
This will sound fanciful and a trifle foolish maybe, but Eve Green dug out all the lonely spots in my heart and turned them upside down for me.
Andrea Howarth-Salazar
This is destined to become a literary classic. The portrayal of childhood and its fears is hauntingly accurate and the description is poetic.
I have this nagging feeling that I should give this four stars: it was a good tale, well written and interesting enough (especially since it mentioned places that I'm going to be seeing in a few months myself), and I liked the characters quite a bit. The landscape of the book was more than well painted before us, it brought the windy moors of Wales right into my own summer-warm home.

So why only three and a half stars?

I don't know, really. I guess this just didn't sparkle any extra liking and fel
I knew i would love this book from the very first page. The writing style was beautiful and just felt sort of comfortable and familiar as this is the sort of writing I really enjoy reading. The plot/mystery is very subtle. It keeps you interested whilst also giving you the chance to soak up all the lovely passages. The book includes so many of my favourite elements that I almost feel as though I had written it or should have written it! The 'dead mother's keepsake box' thing for example...a pers ...more
Shirley Cooper
Mar 12, 2009 Shirley Cooper rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: a lot of people
Recommended to Shirley by: Picked it off library shelf
I lost my mother when I was 5 having lost my father 2 years prior to this. I read a lot of books about childhood, loss, orphans to answer some of the questions I still ask? Why did they die. How did they die? What would have happened to me if one or both had lived. When I was pregnant I asked myself how my mother felt when she was pregnant with me? What advice would she have given me? I started remembering a lot of things that were stored in my mind. I started missing my mother.
My grand daughter
This is the first book by a wonderful writer named Susan Fletcher. I read her third book, Corrag and was just blown away. It was one of the best I'd come across in ages. "Corrag" is a historical novel, set during the eighteenth century (if my memory serves me)- but "Eve Green" is contemporary (or at least WWII.) The main character is an eight year old girl, who is orphaned when her mother has a fatal heart attack at the age of 27. (She was an unwed mother whose lover had run out on her. But she ...more
‘Eve Green’ tells the story of Evangeline (Evie then Eve for short) a woman who lost her mother when she was 7 years old after her Mother’s heart simply stopped in the bath. The story begins with Eve preparing for the birth of her child.

Following her mother’s death Evie is sent to live with her grandparents on their farm in Wales, Evie has never met her father and finds that he is not to be spoken about but Evie wants to find out about him and so begins her search during her first summer in Wale
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The author of this book must be very observant and has a lovely ability to relate this through descriptive language; the writing is such that it is almost lyrical. All the human senses are utilised which truly allows the reader to experience the place. I enjoyed the style, but others may find it tedious, particularly if they do not appreciate rural areas of Wales.

Having learnt a fair amount of Welsh, I appreciated its inclusion. Being able to understand the language is not essential, but of cou
Eve Green is a story about love. The main character is Eve herself, brave and wise kid living with her grandparents after the sudden death of her mother. She saw world in detail, she can explain the sound of the train near her old house at Birmingham in such precision, as if she's describing herself. Later when she came to the farm, she described the farm and its surrounding, plus the people in town, in great detail. Until we think that we hate Mr Pheps too because he snarled at us too. Over all ...more
Bobbie Darbyshire
I can absolutely see why this got chosen by Richard and Judy, why it won the Whitbread First Novel Award, and why there are now several more of Susan Fletcher's novels with 5-star reviews up on Amazon. So I'm not going to knock it. I hate it when people give poor reviews of a book that just isn't the sort of book they personally prefer, as this isn't for me. It is one of those novels, full of lovely writing and absorbing enough to keep the pages turning very easily, where the events of the past ...more
Mark Glover
I read this a few years back now but still rate it as one of the best books I have read. I feel a book is a success when it absorbs you into the world the author has created and this book did such a complete job of it, I found myself yearning for a place that I had never been. The story itself is not complex and it is not action packed but what it does achieve is to create an intimate portrait of a period in time, to the point that it is almost a meditation on a time and place. Having read a few ...more
When I first read this book, I was struggling with graduate school an ocean away from home, in a country I was trying desperately to make feel like home to stave off homesickness. Living on the Scottish coastline, this book and books like it (ie: I Capture The Castle) that paint dreary but cozy rural Britain were a perfect fit for me. This one was full of intensely descriptive prose, and so many passages just jumped out at me as feeling "perfect" and not many books seem to do that to me anymore. ...more
I've only just discovered this author, thanks to another Goodreads author. This is the author's first novel for which she won the Whitbread award. Her books are firmly routed in place and in this case, the contrast between the grimy Midlands city of Birmingham where the eponymous Eve spends the first 7 years of her life, and the tiny Welsh village where she is taken to live with her grandparents is made very clear. Eve has lost her mother to a sudden unexplained death, but she grows to love her ...more
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I chose this book because it was by Susan Fletcher whose Oystercatchers I had very much enjoyed after a recommendation because of its East Anglian setting. I was therefore surprised to find the book was set very largely in Wales but clearly novels of place are Fletcher's thing as she makes a success of it, especially early in the book.

Some of the shifting between the present day when Eve is pregnant, her mother's diary, their life in Birmingham, Evie's teenage years and her arrival and life with
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