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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 an international 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 historic value" (New York occasions e-book Review); and "original and affecting" (Los Angeles Times). the most imaginitive 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 know-how 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 provide profound perception and startling truths approximately human adventure. Now, with Adam & Eve, she gives you her so much formidable and encompassing story up to now. Hours earlier than 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 global 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 hazardous request approximately one other delicate topic. Pierre wishes Lucy to assist him smuggle a newly came upon artifact out of Egypt: an historical codex in regards to the human authorship of the publication of Genesis. delivering a reinterpretation of the construction 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 center East. Burned within the crash touchdown, she is rescued via 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 participants of an ultraconservative spiritual cult are made up our minds to deprive the realm of the information 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 experience, and an idyll, Adam & Eve is a travel de strength through a grasp modern storyteller.

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Patches of color: blue shimmered against small red dashes, leaving his eyeballs vibrating; green rested against blue and gave him peace and comfort. And what color was he? 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.

He grinned more broadly, amused at both of us. ” The next day before the concert, I walked to the inexpensive beauty school near the campus and asked for a student stylist who could do an updo with curls. “With wings over the tops of the ears,” I added. For the first time, I wanted to be transformed from a big child into a young woman. Entranced with studies, teachers, and a few good friends, throughout high school, I’d never dated anyone. While the stylist combed through my hair, I avoided my reflection in the mirror by mentally reviewing the appearance of the physics professor—his steep, rather forbidding forehead, the thick lenses of his glasses—what did he want to see through those glasses?

2020: THE GATHERING OF THE DUST ONE MORNING in Mesopotamia the strong Middle Eastern sun sought to warm the lifeless body of a nude man lying diagonally, like a slash, across an almost flat, bare riverbank. Vulnerable and exposed, he lay on his back on moist, sandy clay. His heels rested in the scarcely moving shallow water of the river. No life stirred in him, but he was not a corpse. To any who looked down and saw him from the sky, the beautifully formed young man would have been a puzzle piece.

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