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Eden Springs by Laura Kasischke
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May 20, 11

bookshelves: historical-fiction, michigan, united-states, midwest-u-s, religion
Read from May 10 to 20, 2011

This was a strange and poetic novella about a utopian religious community in the early 1900's in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Newspaper excerpts - and historic postcards of Eden Springs, the community's successful amusement park/zoo - add an intriguing foundation and counterpoint to a story of faith, seduction, and jealousy.

The "Israelite House of David" was famous for several things. Followers did not cut their hair (so the men had long hair and beards) or eat meat, they had a famous barnstorming baseball team, and their charismatic leader - "King Ben" - surrounded himself with beautiful young girls and music.
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