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A Novel

Yael Hedaya; Translated by Jessica Cohen



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.

Part One


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?


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


In the Press

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. - Kirkus Reviews

Reviews from Goodreads

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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Yael Hedaya


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