A Novel

Yael Hedaya; Translated by Jessica Cohen


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From a lead writer of the original In Treatment TV series comes “an accomplished, acutely observed novel” (Publishers Weekly).

Eden is not the paradise it appears to be. It is a stifling rural Israeli community in which upscale urban escapees Alona and Mark try to salvage their relationship under the resentful scrutiny of Roni, Mark’s adolescent daughter, who feels empowered by her sexual adventures with older men. The neighbors, Dafna and Eli, are in crisis, too, their marriage rent by the torment of infertility. Set against a backdrop of Middle East fears, family entanglements, disappearing countryside, and disappointed expectations, Yael Hedaya’s Eden brilliantly renders the strains of unrest in what, on the surface, seems an idyllic place.

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So what is the moment? What does it look like? What shape does it take and when does it occur, that instant which is not a moment and yet is everything? And why does it slip away from her time after time after time?

Because to talk about the moment of conception sounds trite, too small for the occasion and utterly imprecise. And to speak of the encounter between sperm and egg sounds silly, like the press releases she formulates every day (a historic meeting, a once-in-a-lifetime summit) and also untrue. The lab technicians have seen Eli's millions of sperm swimming

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Praise for Eden

“Reads like a psychologically astute Israeli version of American Beauty.” —New York magazine

“An ambitious dissection of contemporary Israeli society...a rich emotional tapestry.” —The Jerusalem Post

“A graceful exploration of loneliness, and the worm that gnaws at the heart of all things.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Hedaya does an excellent job of presenting the struggles, joys, and intimate moments of middle age….An austere, beautifully crafted, and many-voiced novel.” —Booklist

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EDEN by Yael Hedaya, Jessica CohenKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of EDEN . Call it <em>Peyton Place<em> with Uzis: Israeli novelist Hedaya finds the worm in an exceedingly shiny apple.
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Yael Hedaya; Translated by Jessica Cohen

Yael Hedaya is the head writer for In Treatment, the acclaimed Israeli TV series adapted for HBO. The author of Housebroken and Accidents, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 2006, Hedaya teaches creative writing at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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A Novel
Yael Hedaya; Translated by Jessica Cohen

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312427269
ISBN10: 0312427263
5 11/16 x 8 15/16 inches, 496 pages

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
October 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429949965
ISBN10: 1429949961
496 pages

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