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Waiting for Eden

by Elliot Ackerman

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Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2018, 192 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 3, 2019, 240 pages

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A spare meditation on loyalty and betrayal.

Elliot Ackerman's latest novel, Waiting for Eden, follows Marine Eden Malcom as his death approaches due to combat injuries suffered in Iraq. Narrated by Eden's best friend, who states he was "sitting next to Eden and luckier than him when our Humvee hit a pressure plate, killing me and everybody else, him barely surviving," the unnamed ghost waits for his friend to join him in the afterworld. Omniscient, the narrator is aware of Eden's thought processes and discusses what his friend is going through as he lies conscious in his hospital bed, immobile, deaf and nearly blind, as well as the thoughts of those around him. In meditative flashbacks, the ghost recollects his relationship with Eden and Eden's wife Mary, as well as events that brought them all to the current point in time.

It's no surprise that Ackerman was a Marine; his insight into the sacrifices ...

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