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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 Elliot Ackerman (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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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Mesmerizing

I thought The hypnotic drone of Macleod Andrews would drive me crazy but it so fit the tone and mood of Ackerman’s brilliant writing that I was mesmerized throughout. I Consumed entire story in one sitting. Reminded me of Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich. Tough stuff but worth the pain.

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Short but emotional

This isn't easy listening. The characters are damaged in ways both emotional and physical. *Spoiler* the ending leaves Eden in limbo, but the final paragraph is beautiful. Be prepared to need Kleenex. And I can't rave enough about the pitch-perfect narration by MacLeod Andrews.

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  • diana lynn
  • 10-11-18

Mesmerizing

I thought The hypnotic drone of Macleod Andrews would drive me crazy but it so fit the tone and mood of Ackerman’s brilliant writing that I was mesmerized throughout. I Consumed entire story in one sitting. Reminded me of Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilyich. Tough stuff but worth the pain.

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  • RueRue
  • 09-29-18

Short but emotional

This isn't easy listening. The characters are damaged in ways both emotional and physical. *Spoiler* the ending leaves Eden in limbo, but the final paragraph is beautiful. Be prepared to need Kleenex. And I can't rave enough about the pitch-perfect narration by MacLeod Andrews.