In 1968, newlyweds Clay Perry and Carol Weiss founded Eden Lake, a utopian children’s summer camp in Maine. Thirty years later, their marriage is long over and the camp has become a pricey playground for entitled suburbanites. When tragedy strikes, the Perryweiss children have to decide what role Eden Lake, and all that it stands for, will play in their lives. Abe, the eldest and heir apparent, has never been able to commit to a career—or a woman. Jude, entangled with a married man, must confront her turbulent relationship with her past. Eric, the youngest, who has never strayed far from Eden Lake, stands at the precipice of a new life. Idealism and infidelity, childhood memories and the hard truths of adulthood collide and coalesce in the summer of 1998 at Camp Eden Lake.
Advance praise for EDEN LAKE
“EDEN LAKE is an unusually accomplished debut novel about love and loss and the absurdities of summer camp. Jane Roper writes with quiet authority and sly humor about a large and intriguing cast of characters.”
– Tom Perrotta, bestselling author of Election, Joe College and Little Children
“As a kid I lasted one week at summer camp, but at EDEN LAKE I overcame my phobia. This is due to the quirky, warm, funny, quixotic crew you’ll meet in these pages, and the compassionate yet sharply observed story of a family assembling and reassembling itself after a father’s death. I’ll be revisiting EDEN LAKE many times.”
– Jenna Blum, bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers
“Anyone who’s ever experienced the sweet tumult of summer camp is hereby ordered to read EDEN LAKE immediately. In fact, even if you’ve never been to camp, this book should go on your must-read list. Jane Roper has written a wise, sexy novel that fearlessly probes the particulars of desire and loss. It’s a sheer delight — as irresistible as a smore.”
– Steve Almond, author of,My Life in Heavy Metal, Candyfreak, and Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life