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Eve Green

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,348 Ratings  ·  147 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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Aug 28, 2012 Kinga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it
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)
May 12, 2010 Elizabeth (Alaska) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
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
Oct 29, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012, wales
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
Mar 05, 2012 Rachel Holierhoek rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2013 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2014 Kat Skarbek rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2014 Tiina rated it it was amazing
Ihana. <3
Ingrid Fasquelle
Susan Fletcher est née en 1979. La fille de l'Irlandais, son premier roman, a été couronné par les deux prix littéraires les plus prestigieux de Grande-Bretagne (le Whitbread et le Baty Trask Award) et s'est déjà vendu à deux cent mille exemplaires en Angleterre.

Œuvre lyrique et intimiste, célébration du monde rural mais également parcours initiatique de l'enfance à la nostalgie de l'innocence perdue, La fille de l'Irlandais est un roman aux allures autobiographiques, servi par une écriture tend
Jun 14, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
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
Chloe Coulson
Jan 20, 2016 Chloe Coulson rated it liked it
This is a gripping book, with a fascinating, flawed, believable character at its heart, and a dark, melancholy tone. The story twists endlessly, leading inexorably from one tragedy to the next, and exploring themes of loss, guilt, deceit and resentment. Eve is a little, wild haired bundle of rage, fear, sadness and jealousy, beautifully and memorably encapsulating the savagery of childhood. The book's biggest flaw is it's occasional philosophising - the tendency to occasionally 'muse' on the mea ...more
Jan 29, 2016 ~lucy~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially I expected this to be a simple coming of age type story set in a small village in Wales, but it's so much more!
The story is told by Eve, the 29 yr old who is at the centre of the story and whilst the story is primarily her childhood tale, there are regular glimpses into her current life & situation.
The touches of Welsh language added a level of authenticity and you really felt that the author knew every inch of the landscape that was so well described - you could almost smell the
Jan 16, 2016 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully written and really evoked a sense of place. The writing style was very lyrical and some passages just stunning. At times it almost felt that an elegy to the scenery of Wales. Having said that I felt that the characters could have been better developed which may have been due to the back and forth nature of the narrative. This doesn't bother me and indeed I quite like this as a way of structuring a narrative but occasionally it does leave you feeling a little distant fro ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-it, 2015
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 it was amazing  ·  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.
Jul 16, 2014 S, rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Collins
I enjoyed the romantic descriptive style of the landscape, the weather and the day to day activities on the farm. It is a well written account of a girls confusion at the world around her as she grows up and how she makes the best of what she may or may not understand. Not only then is it similar to To Kill a Mocking Bird in that regard but also there are events that happen that are similar if not the same e.g fighting at school, a fire, a mysterious outcast that she befriends, an older characte ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Ronkeli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Omaperäinen kirja eräästä lapsuuden kesästä, jonkin verran myös menneestä, myöhemmistä tapahtumista ja nykyhetkestä. Luulin kirjan loppuvan monta kertaa ennen kuin se loppui - aina tuli uusi luku ja sen jälkeen uusi luku. Tarinalle ei siis varsinaisesti tule loogista loppupistettä. Tässäkin kirjassa tapahtumapaikka on vähintään yhtä tärkeä kuin tarina, oikeastaan yksi päähenkilöistä. En ole koskaan käynyt Walesissa mutta tämän jälkeen haluaisin käydä.

Luin ahmimalla hiljaisena sunnuntaipäivänä aa
May 29, 2014 Hally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 really liked it
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
Sep 26, 2011 Bondama rated it liked it
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
May 12, 2010 Paula rated it liked it
‘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
I Read
Apr 14, 2010 I Read rated it really liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
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
Sep 11, 2010 Faa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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