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Eden
by Forbes Jamie Lisa

Published: 2020-05-22T00:0
Paperback : 292 pages
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Rowen Hart has been raised as the pampered son and only child of a prominent family in the small community of White Rock, North Carolina. It’s the 1950s and he’s drifting through the days, following the life path his parents have planned for him and preparing to go away to college. ...
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Rowen Hart has been raised as the pampered son and only child of a prominent family in the small community of White Rock, North Carolina. It’s the 1950s and he’s drifting through the days, following the life path his parents have planned for him and preparing to go away to college. When his father’s suicide turns his world upside down, he finds himself responsible for his mother in their suddenly reduced circumstances that leave them dependent on his uncle, his father’s business partner.

Ill prepared to take over as head of the family, Rowen doesn’t know which way to turn. Then a neighbor’s ten year old daughter comes to live with them, baffling him with her wild behavior and never ending attempts to win his approval and making his new responsibilities even more overwhelming.

As Rowen tries to find his way, he begins to question everything about his upbringing, his current circumstances and his plans for the future as they turn to dust in his hands.

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When, at last, he reached his own yard, the hinge on the picket gate popped and the gate dropped in his hand. Ever since they’d moved here, one thing after another was busting, sagging, decaying. Nothing had ever worn out when his daddy was alive. ... view entire excerpt...

Discussion Questions

1. After Rowen tells Eden that her Uncle Franklin is coming back to take her away, Eden runs away. Why doesn’t Rowen stop her?

2. What role do the community perceptions of Franklin White, Birch Whitney and Eden play in their success or demise?

3. What is the significance of the title?

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