Adam & Eve by Sena Jeter Naslund

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 technology 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 historic significance" (New York occasions ebook Review); and "original and affecting" (Los Angeles Times). essentially 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 progressive Paris, her novels supply profound perception and startling truths approximately human adventure. Now, with Adam & Eve, she provides her so much bold and encompassing story to this point. Hours ahead of his untimely—and hugely suspicious—death, world-renowned astrophysicist Thom Bergmann stocks his discovery of extraterrestrial existence together with his spouse, Lucy. Feeling that the warring international isn't able to study of—or accept—proof of lifestyles in other places within the universe, Thom entrusts Lucy along with his desktop flash force, which holds the keys to his mystery paintings. Devastated via Thom's demise, Lucy retains the key, yet Thom's good friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, contacts Lucy with an strange and unsafe request approximately one other delicate subject. Pierre wishes Lucy to assist him smuggle a newly came across artifact out of Egypt: an historical codex about the human authorship of the publication of Genesis. providing a reinterpretation of the construction tale, the rfile is bound to threaten the basis 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 center 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 ended 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 going pair grows. eventually, Lucy and Adam forsake their half-mythical Eden and make their long ago towards civilization, the place contributors of an ultraconservative spiritual cult are decided to deprive the realm 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 precise insanity lies in wars and violence fueled by way of all spiritual literalism and intolerance. A mystery, a romance, an experience, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a travel de strength by means of a grasp modern storyteller.

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Adam lifted his finger into his line of sight, and he saw that he was blue. Or that his hands, at least, were splotched and streaked with blue. And why not? he thought. ) Surely I am born of the heavens, and why should I not be as blue as they are? And as sweet? Am I not as sweet as that heavenly hue? Thus began Adam’s meditations on his own nature, but contemplation did not last long. Though Adam was of adult size and had the body of a thirty-year-old man—undeniably—this was the first day of his life, and so he was but a babe.

Equally innocent, one had lived a full life, married, had a brilliant son, and one had not. Perhaps, I mused as I walked—You’re late, you’re late, for a very important date—Thom and I might have a child: a daughter named Sarah Anne, for Thom’s mother and Anne Frank. Late thirties was by no means too late to have a child. A dark-skinned man wearing a loosely wrapped white turban leaned over the high windowsill and looked down to check the progress of the piano’s ascent. He might have been from India or Africa.

If that was not possible, perhaps he could address that area of his body that seemed to be the origin of longing. ) Something boisterous and frolicking, something mischievous and needy, something goatish with grapes in its hair, something laughing, and ready to dance on cloven silver hoofs! That part! With first one hand and then the other, he reached for the part of his body that called without words to his hands: Ease me! Rolling from his back onto his side, Adam curled his body like the letter C so that he might know himself.

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