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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: #2,496,096 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

More About the Author

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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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 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By An avid speed reader on October 2, 2013
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Well written and fun to read!! For anyone who went to summer camp in the '80's will appreciate this book but even if you haven't been to camp you can share in the fun memories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Torbalan on October 14, 2011
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What I loved about this book was the slow reveal of the humanity of all the characters. I love this in a book - I meet the characters, I jump to conclusions about them (much as I might do in real life) and then as I get to know them, my opinion of their behavior changes, just because I now know the context for it. That isn't to say that I LIKE all of them, but just that they are all complex and interesting. I found the book funny and wise, evocative and absorbing. And for the record, I never went to a summer camp. . .)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cory Mann on September 27, 2011
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This book is quite wonderful, in that the reader is quickly drawn into the details of summer camp life. I also found the setting and descriptions of rural Maine compelling and soothing to the soul. Plus, the characters are all people with nuance, who you quickly grow to like, and want to see how they muddle through.

I love how the larger questions of life and death bubble up through the day-to-day busyness of running a summer camp, in part because the author does not beat you over the head with it -- the dialogue is real, and the way each characters deals or doesn't deal with his her pain, feels honest.

I walked away from this book wondering what Eric, Abe, Jude and Aura would do next. And weeks later, story lines continue to happily float through my head as I imagine their lives. A great, hopeful, tender, subtle, real and beautifully written story. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By carpdeeem on September 7, 2011
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As the title and summary suggest, this book will hold a particular sentimentality for you if you've been lucky enough to experience the joys of summer camp. But if you missed out on these unique childhood summers, you absolutely should not shy away from this read for fear of not getting it.

Jane has woven a fantastic tale of a family tied together by their common bonds and despite their surface differences. This is a story of love, understanding, and rebuilding - the whole way through filled to the brim with entertaining twists and laughs.

My whole family has enjoyed Camp Eden, and I have a waiting list of relatives who look forward to their turn. (And to confirm, this is NOT a book for a child who is about to head off to camp!) Congrats, Jane, on a fantastic debut!
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