This Other Eden (B&N Exclusive Edition)

This Other Eden (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Paul Harding
This Other Eden (B&N Exclusive Edition)

This Other Eden (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Paul Harding

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This stunning novel, based on actual historical events, will leave readers breathless with its gorgeous prose and unforgettable characters. Harding brings Apple Island to life with his lush descriptions. It is a place and a story that will live on in readers’ minds for years to come.

Contained within this Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition is a note from author Paul Harding, along with facsimile pages of his writing notebooks which provide readers with a glimpse of how he developed the novel.

Longlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize

“A testament of love.” —Danez Smith, New York Times Book Review

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Tinkers, a novel inspired by the true story of Malaga Island, an isolated island off the coast of Maine that became one of the first racially integrated towns in the Northeast.

In 1792, formerly enslaved Benjamin Honey and his Irish wife, Patience, discover an island where they can make a life together. Over a century later, the Honeys’ descendants and a diverse group of neighbors are desperately poor, isolated, and often hungry, but nevertheless protected from the hostility awaiting them on the mainland.

During the tumultuous summer of 1912, Matthew Diamond, a retired, idealistic but prejudiced schoolteacher-turned-missionary, disrupts the community’s fragile balance through his efforts to educate its children. His presence attracts the attention of authorities on the mainland who, under the influence of the eugenics-thinking popular among progressives of the day, decide to forcibly evacuate the island, institutionalize its residents, and develop the island as a vacation destination. Beginning with a hurricane flood reminiscent of the story of Noah’s Ark, the novel ends with yet another Ark.

In prose of breathtaking beauty and power, Paul Harding brings to life an unforgettable cast of characters: Iris and Violet McDermott, sisters raising three orphaned Penobscot children; Theophilus and Candace Larks and their brood of vagabond children; the prophetic Zachary Hand to God Proverbs, a Civil War veteran who lives in a hollow tree; and more. A spellbinding story of resistance and survival, This Other Eden is an enduring testament to the struggle to preserve human dignity in the face of intolerance and injustice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324079538
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 12/19/2023
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 5,318
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Paul Harding is the author of Tinkers, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and Enon. He is director of the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook University, and lives on Long Island, New York.
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