By Sena Jeter Naslund

What occurred to Eden? the recent York instances bestselling writer of Ahab's spouse, 4 Spirits, and Abundance returns with an audacious and provocative novel that envisions a global the place technological know-how and religion contend for the allegiance of a brand new Adam & Eve Her books were hailed as "exceptional" (People); "enchanting" (Entertainment Weekly); "of nice cultural and old value" (New York instances ebook Review); and "original and affecting" (Los Angeles Times). the most ingenious and encouraged writers of our time, Sena Jeter Naslund masterfully makes use of her craft to put naked the poignant complexity of humanity—the ardour and depression, the lack of awareness and frailty, the genius and resilience that outline us. From Victorian London to civil-rights-era Alabama, from nineteenth-century New England to innovative Paris, her novels supply profound perception and startling truths approximately human adventure. Now, with Adam & Eve, she gives you her such a lot bold and encompassing story thus far. Hours earlier than his untimely—and hugely suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann stocks his discovery of extraterrestrial existence along with his spouse, Lucy. Feeling that the warring global isn't able to research of—or accept—proof of lifestyles somewhere else within the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy along with his desktop flash force, which holds the keys to his mystery paintings. Devastated through Thom's demise, Lucy retains the key, yet Thom's buddy, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an strange and unsafe request approximately one other delicate subject. Pierre wishes Lucy to assist him smuggle a newly found artifact out of Egypt: an historical codex about the human authorship of the booklet of Genesis. delivering a reinterpretation of the construction tale, the record is certain to threaten the root of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions . . . and there are those that will cease at not anything to suppress it. halfway throughout the bold trip, Lucy's small aircraft is going down on a slip of verdant land among the Tigris and Euphrates rivers within the center East. Burned within the crash touchdown, she is rescued by way of Adam, a delusional American soldier whose look for either religious and carnal wisdom has ended in insanity. Blessed with formative years, attractiveness, and an unsettling innocence, Adam lightly has a tendency to Lucy's wounds, and during this quiet, solitary paradise, a bond among the not going pair grows. eventually, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their long ago towards civilization, the place contributors of an ultraconservative spiritual cult are made up our minds to deprive the realm of the data Lucy consists of. Set opposed to the searing debate among evolutionists and creationists, Adam & Eve expands the definition of a "sacred book," and means that real insanity lies in wars and violence fueled through all spiritual literalism and intolerance. A mystery, a romance, an event, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a travel de strength via a grasp modern storyteller.

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That they could create—begin, develop, and finish something! Wasn’t that the very template of sanity? At least of continuity, which was one of the hallmarks of sanity. Only once in the presence of a patient did I have a mental lapse: of a patient’s white-and-gray rendering of the hospital cafeteria, I had involuntarily thought, “The Garden of Grief,” and I said, “It’s a wonderful garden,” when I had intended to say it was a wonderful painting. Rendered in neutral tones of ash and char, the painting had been the opposite of a wonderful, colorful garden, but I found consoling beauty in its vision.

Over to India! ” Squinting in the bathroom mirror the way he always did, Thom made his usual effort to part his curly hair with a small fine-toothed comb. “Twenty-twenty could be the scientists’ Year of Clear Vision,” he replied. “Let’s hope we’re ready by then. ” Amused at the prospect of seeing clearly, Thom turned to regard me through his own thick lenses. He slid his glasses to the end of his nose. ” In five minutes I knew those loose brown curls, increasingly tinged with gray, would be all over Thom’s head again in sweet disarray.

Leaving his work to fend for itself, Adam crawled to a slope of sand. To sleep, he lay curled on his side, his cheek pillowed by both his hands pressed together, palm to palm. But then one hand strayed to his hair. There he found a seam of dried blood. Perhaps he had been struck? Perhaps he had had a fall followed by a hard landing. Sleepy, Adam nestled against the dune, where the dry sand offered lingering warmth of the sun to its visitor’s bare back. Adam’s eyelids fluttered down. He recalled how the redbird’s wings had closed when it settled on the prong of driftwood.

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