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Fiction. Women's Studies. Eve Gates is intent on finding a way to fly away from the small town where her millworker family lives a wary existence and where her best friend meets tragedy. Tired of battling her loving but close-mouthed mother, Maisie, for details about Evangeline, the grandmother who died before Eve was born, and whose death seems to be the heart of the myst ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 22nd 2014 by Twisted Road Publications (first published September 18th 2014)
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Reading Eve's Garden is akin to taking a journey that crosses continents, explores cultures, and vacillates back and forth through the years of 1919 to 1973. The beauty in Bailey-Mershon's story is the way in which she develops incredibly strong female characters and evokes a strong sense of place.

Eve Gates wants to escape the small Southern mill town where her family goes about its daily life. Eve and her mother, Maisie, are often at odds. Her best friend has encountered an unspeakable tragedy.
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Sandra Lambert
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a novel rich with emotion and hidden history. Generations of women wind around around and through each other in layers of tragedy, beauty, and reconciliation. The language is lush. The story is strong and tender. Enjoy.
Carolyn
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written story of lifelong friendships, buried family secrets, and strong women who overcome unimaginable hardships, prejudices, and pain, both physical and mental. Fabulous book!
Amalivia
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I will write a full review of my observations and deep praise later. This is what I shall say now, and it has zero bearing on admiring and knowing Glenda Bailey-Bershon as a writer, inspiration, and friend. This is one of the best books I've read in at least a decade of voracious reading. Lyrical, page-turning, soul-deep, and the kind of novel that stays with you, changes your thinking, and leaves you loving the characters and the story and the language and its deep-seated and myriad lessons--tr ...more
Amelia
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Good solid fiction. Loved the glimpse into the Romani culture -- I didn't realize it had been a part of the Appalachian region.
Judy M.
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Started with a smile, ended with a smile. In between, I laughed cried , raged, and loved. What else is there?
Elizabeth McCulloch
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a complex, beautifully written story about a woman's search to understand her family history.igure out family mysteries and secrets. Its view into the world of Romani Americans was new to me and consistently fascinating.
Darlyn Kuhn
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Glenda Bailey-Mershon grew up in the Appalachian South in a family with diverse roots. A former bookseller and publisher, her publications include sa-co-ni-ge: blue smoke: poems from the Southern Appalachians; Bird Talk: Poems, A History of the American Women’s Movement: a Study Guide, and four volumes as editor of Jane’s Stories’ anthologies by women writers, including Bridges and Borders.

In Eve’s Garden, Eve Gates is intent on finding a way to fly away from the small town where her millworker
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Nancy Kekst
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This was only fair. I read it because it was the highest rated book on my good reads list, but that will teach you to pay attention, as it was only rated by 21 people, and I'm guessing they were all friends of the author. It took a very long time to get into this book, it was about 100 pages too long and used to many words. The story only got interesting halfway through in the surprises were quite nice at the end. It was hard to follow in the beginning. I would not recommend it.
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Glenda Bailey-Mershon grew up in the Appalachian South. Curiosity led her to Chicago, where she founded a tutoring center, counseled immigrant students, taught anthropology and women’s studies, and published nonfiction on community history and politics. Stints as a bookstore co-owner and editor underpin her workshops for writers. A love of science and multicultural viewpoint is tangible in her poe ...more

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