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 significance" (New York occasions booklet Review); and "original and affecting" (Los Angeles Times). probably the most resourceful 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 melancholy, the lack of knowledge 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 supplies her such a lot bold and encompassing story thus far. Hours prior to 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 international isn't able to study of—or accept—proof of existence somewhere else within the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy together with his computing device flash force, which holds the keys to his mystery paintings. Devastated by way of Thom's loss of life, Lucy retains the key, yet Thom's good friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an strange and unsafe request approximately one other delicate topic. Pierre wishes Lucy to assist him smuggle a newly stumbled on artifact out of Egypt: an historic codex in regards to the human authorship of the booklet of Genesis. providing a reinterpretation of the production tale, the rfile is bound 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 in the course of the bold trip, Lucy's small aircraft is going down on a slip of verdant land among the Tigris and Euphrates rivers within the heart East. Burned within the crash touchdown, she is rescued by way of Adam, a delusional American soldier whose look for either non secular and carnal wisdom has resulted in insanity. Blessed with adolescence, good looks, and an unsettling innocence, Adam lightly has a tendency to Lucy's wounds, and during this quiet, solitary paradise, a bond among the not likely pair grows. finally, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their long ago towards civilization, the place individuals of an ultraconservative non secular cult are decided to deprive the area of the data Lucy incorporates. 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 non secular literalism and intolerance. A mystery, a romance, an event, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a travel de strength through a grasp modern storyteller.

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Suddenly the three cables broke apart at the top, opened, and released the expensive instrument and the three red cushions that had been protecting its glossy finish from the sling. As the huge black piano fell a little crookedly, its lid opened out, flapped slowly like the single stiff wing of a monstrous bird. The protective felt socks dropped away, and sunlight transmogrified the pedals into the brass talons of a stooping bird of prey. I began to run. Still running, I heard the impact of the instrument, heard how it broke in jangled discord and the terrified screams of people close by.

As I looked at the ELF team, I realized again that Thom was not only absent but dead; I pressed his memory stick—my talisman—against my breastbone to give me courage to speak into that void. Should I give the memory stick to them? Make a grand splash? There had been no sign. No revelation had occurred on the road to Now. “Because this is the year 2020,” I said to them. Then stopped. My voice brought to mind an antique china doll, plain and white—the type called a “Frozen Charlotte”—its face crazed with minute cracks in the glaze.

Adam wept. He sat down in the moving water and rested his head on the knee of the gray driftwood. With his cheek against the smooth wood, he wondered about its story—where had it been, and how long had it floated in the water? The need for narrative began to gnaw its way outward from the deep convolutions of his brain. He felt a certain sympathy for the driftwood with its sinuous silvery curves—how time or wear had defined its grain. At that moment, a larger wave broke over Adam’s chest and head with a good hard smack.

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