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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Last Light Studio; First Edition edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982708416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982708415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #409,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jane Roper spent the first fifteen summers of her life at summer camps in Maine. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and lives with her husband and twin daughters in the Boston area. Her memoir of parenting twins is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press. Visit her website, www.janeroper.com, and learn more about Camp Eden Lake at www.campedenlake.com

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The characters are developed perfectly.
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"Eden Lake" is a beautiful, layered story of a family trying to deal with a tragic loss.
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I look forward to Roper's second novel!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen L. on May 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Eden Lake" is a beautiful, layered story of a family trying to deal with a tragic loss.

I got completely caught in the plot, and whenever I had to stop I couldn't wait to get back to the book. I loved how real and nuanced the characters were, how they changed and grew in the course of the story, and I've come to truly care for them. What I appreciated the most was the truthfulness with which Jane Roper revealed to us the complexities of family relationships (and especially sibling relationships) and the way doubts, jealousies, and secrets can unravel even the strongest of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal King on June 18, 2011
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Eden Lake is, as many other reviewers have declared, an excellent summer read. Using the idyllic background of summer camp in Maine, Roper takes the reader on a journey through a tangle of family intrigue and complex adult relationships.

The characters feel familiar; at various points in the book I found myself personally identifying with more than one of them. They're likeable, understandable and I found myself wanting to dole out both hugs and shakes depending on what the various siblings were doing.

Even now, a few weeks after I finished the read, I can picture the camp in my mind, and find myself wishing I was among the pines, around a campfire, with the fireflies twinkling above my head.

Definitely pick this one up for your beach bag, your tote bag for the mountain cabin, or the long plane ride to your next destination!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By charity anne caldwell on May 5, 2011
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I bought this book straight from the author. I really enjoy the honesty with which she blogs, so I didn't know how I'd feel about her fiction.

It's an exciting story about a family trying to figure out who they are individually and as a family unit. A fair amount of the "excitement" mentioned is "that" kind - everyone's got sexual weaknesses that seem to be nearly the center of their personal conflicts. However it's not sordid or graphic, though about 3/4 through it struck me that these issues were essentially all of the subplots. But hey, young adults, what else do they do, huh?

I finished this book in three sittings. I was having so much fun reading it that I forgot about other things I was supposed to be doing. I absolutely plan to gift it to friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michele R. Kosboth on June 7, 2011
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Having been to Maine for family vacations all my life, and having been to camp as both camper and counselor, I felt like this book captured both the essence of camp life. She writes in a way that I could smell the smells, I could see the camp and the buildings. Jane captures the emotions and turmoil of the people in the book as well. It was like she was describing people I knew. A great slice of life novel that is well written and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill at Torg Stories on August 3, 2011
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In order to win Jane Roper's novel Eden Lake I had to agree to read the book and participate in the accompanying Goodreads discussion as a part of The Next Best Book Club. I am a finicky reader who has probably put down at least as many books as I've begun, and so I wanted to make sure I had a decent chance to like the story okay before I agreed to have it shipped to me. I could already see myself ten pages into 300, not enjoying the read, but having to stay with it because I said I would.

I went to Amazon and checked out the opening pages. I was happy with how things got started: "Just before noon on the morning after Memorial Day, Eric filled the tank of the John Deere, started the engine and rolled out of the barn into broad sunlight." One of my favorite authors, Richard Ford, often starts books on a holiday (Independence Day, Easter) and there's a lot competent in Jane's sentence: it placed me firmly in time and in the sort of setting where there would be a John Deere and a barn. I knew I wasn't in Queens anymore, and felt like my reading life was safe for the week I put it in Jane's control.

Maine, complicated relationships, secrets, and summer camp. These are the primary ingredients of this story that bring together a group of brothers and sisters to run a summer camp that their parents ran when they were growing up. There are surprises here--excellent ones--and they are spaced out nicely that in such a way that just when I got comfortable with how things were going, just when I thought I could see what was going to happen next, there was something that threw me for a good reading loop and reinvigorated my interest in the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosanna on July 4, 2011
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When I first heard of Eden Lake I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into. I admit at first I was a skeptic. Did I really want to read about a summer camp "that has become a pricey playground for entitled suburbanites"? Not really. However, Roper's novel goes beyond the clichés of grief and tragedy and challenges the hypocrisy of idealism for the elite and the elite only. How can one hope to change the world through the youth, if that youth is from one socio-economic class? The novel attempts to deal with these questions as well as ideas about truth and communication with children and what is and isn't appropriate. Abe sums it up nicely when he says, "Truth was such a tricky thing when it came to children. When was it good medicine and when was it poison?" (Roper 321). This question plagues all adults in their search to teach, guide, and help children as they reach maturation and suffice it to say, there is no right answer.

This novel explores the complexities of the human soul and the relationships between family members. It shows how secrets can destroy and alter one's entire worldview in the blink of an eye. More importantly it shows us that we are human and though we may embrace idealism, we remain flawed. A great debut novel that shows the complexities of the human heart and its struggle for understanding.
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Jane Roper is the author of a memoir DOUBLE TIME, and a novel, EDEN LAKE. She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and her writing has appeared on Salon, The Rumpus, Poets & Writers and elsewhere. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and twin daughters. Her website is www.janeroper.com

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