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The Garden of Eve by K.L. Going
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Jan 09, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 2-star
Read in February, 2009

After the recent death of her mother, Evie moves with her father from Michigan to New York. Both family members are suffering, but each copes in their own unique way. Evie's father puts all of his energy into saving and tending their newly acquired apple orchard--an orchard that is dying from a supposed curse. Evie struggles to hold onto the memories of her mother's stories and beliefs in magic.

As the story progresses, Evie receives a mysterious seed, befriends a ghost named Alex, and learns about a lost girl. Eventually the seed leads her and Alex on an adventure to another world. The magical elements of this other world are mixed with religious symbolism in a way that is confusing and contrived. While I could have done without the references to the Garden of Eden, Adam, & Eve, the book beautifully conveyed the experience of loss, longing, grief, and healing.

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