Dana’s Book Club Pick: SECRETS OF EDEN

I always said I wanted to be just like Oprah – so here goes.  Drum roll please…

Announcing the first ever pick for Dana’s Book Club:

SECRETS OF EDEN by Chris Bohjalian

From the bestselling author of Midwives, The Double Bind, and Skeletons at the Feast comes a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate exploration of the nature of sacrifice.

Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel is rich with his elegant, page-turning prose and builds to the sort of ending that left millions of readers of The Double Bind and Midwives speechless and stunned – and hungry for another of his books.

“There,” says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about . . . angels.

Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her parents’ murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice and George’s daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen – who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him.

But then the State’s Attorney begins to suspect that Alice’s husband may not have killed himself. . .and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.

If you live in the Atlanta area you can join us to discuss the book.  Go to http://www.meetup.com/MidtownReview/ for all the details and to register!

We may also be scheduling an online discussion, so stay tuned!

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor

By | 2011-01-22T09:52:08+00:00 January 22nd, 2011|Books, Dana's Book Club|3 Comments


  1. Marsha Toy Engstrom January 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Dana–this is sooooo cool! How do we follow remotely (us non-Atlantonians?)
    Cheers! MTE

    • admin January 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      I’m thinking we’ll do a discussion thread on Facebook for starters – and maybe even a twitter discussion with a hashtag. Stay tuned… details to come!

      — Dana

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