Linda (Three Oaks MI)
I was quite intrigued by the premise of this book and was not disappointed. Its a beautifully written story from the perspective of the women in Adam and Eves family. Even though you know the outcome of what happened to them and their male children, it was still a fascinating journey to get to the end. Ms. Elliott certainly did provide some good food for thought if nothing else.
Diane (NY NY)
Eve- A Novel of the First Woman
Author Elissa Elliott successfully combines the Biblical stories of Adam and Eve, and their sons Cain and Abel, with life in historical Mesopotamia in her novel, "Eve - A Novel of the First Woman".
Fans of Anita Diamant's "Red Tent" will enjoy this book, which drew me further into their fascinating ancient world with each turn of the page. Narration in alternating chapters by Eve and her daughters Naava, Aya and Dara gives the reader an overall snapshot of life for females at this time in history.
Elliott's reimagining of life in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve's fall from grace, and Cain's killing of his brother Abel add a new dimension to the familiar stories.
Even the afterword to this wonderful novel is interesting, with the author sharing her intensive search for historical accuracy.
The heart of the novel, however, is the undying love that Adam and Eve have for each other. It is inspiring.
Shirley (Franksville WI)
The rest of the story
I liked this book as told from the perspective of the real first family females. Although it was historical fiction, the book brought to light typical family issues that are still with us today. The character development and the philosophical insights that the author offered added much to the story without belaboring Judeo-Christian perspectives. I was a little disappointed in the explanations at the end of the book, and though it was obvious that the author did quite extensive research. I would recommend this book to religious book study groups, teenagers, female book groups and womens' study groups.
Connie (woodhaven MI)
The story of Adam and Eve
Even though I already know the story of Adam and Eve from the Bible, I liked this book from the beginning. Although it is fiction, it is based on historical fact and tells the story from the perspective of the females of the family. It kept me entertained throughout and I would definitely recommend it to others.
Elly (Roswell NM)
This tale of Adam, Eve and their family drew me in immediately, perhaps because it tells the "rest of the story" - that which does not appear in Genesis. And, because it is related with such conviction, I found it necessary to stop on occasion, reminding myself that this is a work of fiction - very convincing, well-written historical fiction.
"Eve" gives birth to much thought and many questions. I enjoyed it immensely; it has inspired a research bug in me and I feel that the author's afterword is a sound jumping off place.
I would heartily recommend "Eve" as an excellent book club choice, for it certainly has the capability of stimulating a wealth of discussion.
Kathy (Richmond VA)
Poor writing ruins plot
I did not care for this book. i found the writing to be insipid...the characters' voices (Eva and her daughters, Naava, Dara and Aya) all seemed the same. I did not find that they were truthful to the time or the atmosphere. i found myself thinking, are they really saying these things and in this way? I didn't care for any of the characters, save Aya, and I couldn't bring myself to care about them. I am so disappointed in Eve, I had hoped it would be similar to The Red Tent but it was just so poorly written that I couldn't get past it to enjoy the plotlines. I really wanted to give it 2 stars and I wish there were a designation between poor and average. it just didn't work for me, on any level.
Diana (Delray Beach FL)
Historically based family drama
On one level, this book takes us back to the beginning of creation with all the wonder and glorious newness surrounding the inception of the world. On a larger scale, this books examines the lives and relationships of and within a family, albeit the first humans known to walk the earth. Rife with historic detail, the saga of each and every character is woven into the Genesis story with much the same conflicts, strife and forgiveness dealt with every day within 21st century families.