“Patiently, and unflinchingly, Ackerman is becoming one of the great poet laureates of America’s tragic adventurism across the globe.” (Pico Iyer)
Eden lies in a hospital bed, unable to move or speak. His wife Mary spends every day on the sofa in his room. We see them through the eyes of Eden’s best friend, a fellow Marine who didn’t make it back home — and who must relive the secrets held between all three of them as he waits for Eden to finally, mercifully die and join him in whatever comes after.
A breathtakingly spare and shattering novel that explores the unseen aftereffects — and unacknowledged casualties — of war, Waiting for Eden is a piercingly insightful, deeply felt meditation on loyalty, friendship, betrayal, and love.
“The Tim O’Brien of our era.” (Vogue)
“Devastating.” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Haunting.... Daring.” (The Boston Globe)
“Gorgeously constructed...Unique...A deeply moving portrayal of how grief can begin even while our loved ones still cling to life.... A wonderful novel.” (Booklist, starred review)
“With Waiting for Eden, Elliot Ackerman tells a story that cuts straight to the heart of the human condition. His sentences are elegant in their concision and directness, and they reveal as much about grief, love, and our duties to each other as any book I can recall reading. It’s a bold, ambitious project even in its most quiet moments, for it asks no less than where we draw the line around the inherent value of human life. This is a devastatingly sad and compassionate piece of work. Extraordinary.” (Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds and A Shout in the Ruins)
“Heartbreaking.... A deeply touching exploration of resentment, longing, and loss.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
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- Martina Seidel
a very enjoyable experience.
i found this really beautifully written and loved the narrating voice as the voice actor seems to know very very well how to modulate and phrase and everything else to get the book across. it's a joy to listen is what i'm saying. the book made me sad on numerous occasions and i found it a very profound story about grief and letting go. bonus is that the author actually deployed to Afghanistan so the military lingo feels on point and relevant.