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Waiting for Eden
Waiting for Eden: A novel | Elliot Ackerman
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From the National Book Award finalist, a breathtakingly spare and shattering new novel that traces the intersection of three star-crossed lives. Eden Malcom lies in a bed, unable to move or to speak, imprisoned in his own mind. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his hospital room. He has never even met their young daughter. And he will never again see the friend and fellow soldier who didn't make it back home--and who narrates the novel. But on Christmas, the one day Mary is not at his bedside, Eden's re-ordered consciousness comes flickering alive. As he begins to find a way to communicate, some troubling truths about his marriage--and about his life before he went to war--come to the surface. Is Eden the same man he once was: a husband, a friend, a father-to-be? What makes a life worth living? A piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty and betrayal, love and fear, Waiting for Eden is a tour de force of profound humanity.
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readordierachel
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Thank you so much for the surprise, Jennifer! How incredibly sweet of you. You made my day! 😊 Can't wait to read it. @Jas16

Erinreadsthebooks Waiting for Eden is a great book! 1mo
readordierachel @Erinreadsthebooks Good to hear! I'm looking forward to it. 1mo
Jas16 I was happy to be able to pay it forward! I hope you like it as much as I did! 1mo
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Reggie Get ready to 😭. It‘s so good, though! 1mo
readordierachel @Jas16 Thanks again 😊 1mo
readordierachel @Reggie OK, totally sold! 1mo
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Jas16
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I have wanted to read this book since @Reggie reviewed it and he was kind enough to send me a copy. Eden is the most injured man in two wars and suddenly gains a level of consciousness after being catatonic for three years. He‘s watched over by his wife as well as the narrator, a friend who died instantly in the same incident but keeps a vigil from the other side. A tiny book that packs a major wallop, l cannot get these characters out of my head.

Jas16 Thank you so much @reggie for the awesome package. You shouldn‘t have but I really appreciate it. 5mo
Reggie I‘m just happy you liked the book! 5mo
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mrozzz
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Using tight prose Ackerman deftly tore my heart out. The story is told from the perspective of a deceased friend & fellow solider of the gravely injured Eden, who survived the war zone explosion that killed the narrator, but only just, & there he remains on the precipice of death for three years. His friend keeps a careful watch on Eden's wife, Mary, & daughter who knows her father in the hospital as a burnt shell of the man he was before it all.

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BittersweetBooks
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I won‘t give up on you again, she thought, and felt this promise like a tear in her heart ⭐️💔

Erinreadsthebooks I LOVE this book! 💙💞 7mo
BittersweetBooks @Erinreadsthebooks agreed, it was really good!! 7mo
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Pam.Kokomo
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Heartbreaking. ❤️

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Lauren.Archer
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Beautiful and heart wrenching. I really felt for Eden and Mary. I don‘t know what I would do if I was put in a similar situation.

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Lauren.Archer
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Trying to get a read in before I have to leave for the airport.

Erinreadsthebooks I love that book so much! 💙 9mo
Reggie Omg I cried so hard at work with this book. And every time I tried to explain it to a coworker I couldn‘t get the words out. 9mo
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mrozzz
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Quite excited for this stack of holds I picked up from the library yesterday. ☺️

Reggie Waiting for Eden will blow you away. Soo good. 9mo
mrozzz @Reggie that‘s what I like to hear!!! 9mo
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Reggie
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As I began reading this book, this short book, the air began to thicken and its story permeated my being and broke my heart over and over and over again. 2 men overseas at war are blown up in a vehicle. 1 dies instantly and is the narrator of the story, the other barely survives and comes back home to his wife and their daughter. This is about how humans love, we betray, we forgive, we love harder. Such a gut punch in such a short book. Pick!!!

Ericalambbrown Oooof. That sounds rough but real. My husband is a combat vet, we were both Marines. Sounds very interesting-Thanks for the review! (edited) 11mo
Jas16 Amazing review. Stacked! 11mo
Erinreadsthebooks Excellent book, excellent review! 11mo
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Reggie @Ericalambbrown Thanks for your service. Yeah, this book definitely gives plenty to think about. I haven‘t shaken off the wrenching I feel inside, probably won‘t for the rest of the day. Hope you enjoy it doesn‘t sound right but I hope you like it if you read it. 11mo
Ericalambbrown @Reggie I totally know what you mean! 😊 Thanks, Reggie 11mo
mreads This was a fantastic and tough to read. 11mo
readordierachel Lovely review ❤ 11mo
Centique Whoa this sounds amazing! Stacked 😊 11mo
Reggie @Centique it was amazing!!😭 11mo
Nonaroo I just finished this. I couldn‘t put it down. 8mo
Reggie @Nonaroo Sooo good, right? Ughhh when you find out who left who their insurance...😭 8mo
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mreads
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Short (under 200 page) novel but a complete punch to the gut. Severely wounded soldier, the description alone is brutal, back in US intensive care with his wife and an unnamed fellow solider "lucky to have died instantly" who narrates the novel.

Long listed for the TOB, deserves to make the shortlist. 5⭐

Samplergal I loved it as well. 11mo
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Suet624
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So this might be the book that stopped me from reading for awhile. It‘s a short read but it filled me with a sadness I couldn‘t shake. I generally can handle these things but when I held the book in my hand this morning I felt a shiver. So.... I‘m giving it a pick because I believe the author hits the targets sought after. And I‘m including a photo of Gracie May/Drool Face in all her glory to cheer us all up.

Tamra 💜 11mo
Mccall0113 Oh her hair!😍 11mo
kspenmoll She is so beautiful- joy in her smile. Hug lots today! ❤️ 11mo
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Suet624 @kspenmoll she‘s a little whippersnapper, I‘ll tell ya. This photo was taken on Friday and you can be sure we snuggled a bunch. ❤️ 11mo
Suet624 @Mccall0113 it‘s quite colorful 😂 11mo
Mccall0113 We were hoping for a redhead since my step son has the same color hair as your angel Didn‘t happen. But we named her Merida anyways. 11mo
AlaMich The dimples!! ❤️ 11mo
Suet624 @Mccall0113 a beautiful name! This cutie is my granddaughter. I‘m fortunate to be able to spend 5 days a week with her. 💕 11mo
Tanisha_A Such a happy cupcake! 🙂 11mo
Cinfhen OMG! She‘s so sweet!! Now I need to see her handsome buddy ❤️❤️ 11mo
Reggie Sending hugs, Sue. Such a cutie ginger!!! 11mo
batsy Oh, thank you. Her adorable face has made my day! ❤️ 11mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen Soon, my friend, soon. 😀 11mo
Suet624 @Reggie thanks so much, Reggie. 11mo
Suet624 @batsy I‘m so glad. 💕 11mo
Jeg She is so beautiful and I just love her hair. I always wanted a red headed child or grandchild but it didn‘t happen. She is just glorious. 11mo
Suet624 @Jeg Thank you! 💕💕 11mo
LauraBeth That hair!! And dimples! 😍😍 11mo
Suet624 @LauraBeth isn‘t she something! 11mo
ValerieAndBooks 💖💖😍😍!! So cute! Love her sweater, too. 11mo
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BekahPat
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BekahPat
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Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman shook me to the core. I will be thinking of this story and the questions that it poses as you read for a very long time. Eden is a war hero and a lone survivor, but not really a survivor. He exists. Mary is his wife. Andy is the daughter that never met her father. Their story is told by Eden‘s friend who did not survive. It is beautifully written, and uniquely told.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Wow, this book...extremely well-written and nuanced. The subject matter is a level of sadness and loneliness that I can't imagine. It's disheartening and intense and heavy and heartbreaking, but the book is so incredibly good. An instant favorite.

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Becker
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A pretty intense and tragic weekend read. 💔

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InnerSavvy
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This is a short book on the cost of war but so much more. It will make you think about life and death, being a parent, communicating with your spouse, friendship, sacrifice and love.

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jouleian
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was beautifully written, not over done, not an excess of anything. It is an amazing way to tell the story of Death and the in between. This author did not waste not one, single, syllable. A definite recommendation from me.

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jouleian
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This book is out of the ordinary, I'm rather impressed.

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jouleian
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Well, this book is next up to bat. I'm sure I'll have it finished before end of day, seeing as how it's just over 3hrs long. So snarky review shortly 😁😁😁 #iletyouknow #quickfind

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CathyJ
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This was a short but touching story.

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TheBookStacker
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Yay! I totally didn‘t even know I won this until t showed up at my house! Funnily enough I had just added this book to my wish list! So I‘m taking a break from my horror novel Fear: Trump in the White House to read this. I‘m having a very sick day and of course my boyfriend is gone to LA for the day and night! So just me and the furry things to keep me company, oh and my books!

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Mirandareads
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This was an incredibly well written story of a woman waiting for her husband to awaken from a coma. I loved this. 💜

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AustenJennings
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Extremely touching novel. God, I couldn‘t set it down. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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