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ISBN13: 9780312328498
ISBN10: 0312328494
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Staff Pick

Historical fiction can be a tough balance between fact and imagination. Biblical fiction, by extension, can be even more difficult to pull off — loaded as the stories and characters are with centuries of interpretation and emotion. Fallen succeeds admirably in evoking the physical torments and psychological dilemnas of the "first family" — starting with the end of Cain's life, Maine moves backwards through time to the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. His prose is clear and musical, and his characters' observations feel both penetrating and earned. Fallen is a graceful, unusual exploration of love, authority, and independence.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

Historical fiction can be a tough balance between fact and imagination. Biblical fiction, by extension, can be even more difficult to pull off — loaded as the stories and characters are with centuries of interpretation and emotion. Fallen succeeds admirably in evoking the physical torments and psychological dilemnas of the "first family" — starting with the end of Cain's life, Maine moves backwards through time to the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. His prose is clear and musical, and his characters' observations feel both penetrating and earned. Fallen is a graceful, unusual exploration of love, authority, and independence.
Recommended by Jill Owens, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Eve and Adam, Abel and Cain — a novel of temptation and murder, of exile and loss.

Once expelled from the Garden, Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world’s first family. Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon the adults must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God's motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life. In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family — one driven (and riven) by passions, jealousies, irrationality, and love. The result is an intimate, in-depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife — people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original.

Review:

"Maine tackles biblical narrative once again in his inventive second novel (after 2004's The Preservationist, which starred Noah and his large brood), a spirited retelling of the creation yarn and the conflict between Cain and Abel. The novel opens with Cain as a 'jumpy, scared old man,' marked for life and wandering the desert in exile for killing Abel. Flashing back years, Maine fills in the story: Cain's 'smoldering challenge[s]' to Adam's authority; his scorn for Abel's innocence; his lust and greed and anger. (Eve was convinced that Cain, in utero, killed a twin brother.) Maine's equally compelling retelling of the creation myth explores, among other things, the dynamic between the world's first husband and wife as it evolved, bumpily and confusingly, after they were banished from the Garden of Eden. What makes this intelligent, funny, meaty and moving novel so fascinating is the ease with which Maine inserts a modern sensibility and keen psychological analysis even as he jumps back and forth between the timelines of the two narratives and remains faithful to their biblical roots. Agent, Scott Hoffman. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A thought-provoking account of man's fall from grace....At once witty and poignant, Maine captures the frail humanity of the world's first family." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"The first recorded murder takes barely 26 lines in Genesis. What Maine does with those few facts is masterfully creative....[F]ascinating and often wildly funny. Once again [Maine] has turned his focus on the family dynamics and come away with a divinely passionate tale." Booklist

Synopsis:

From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Eve and Adam, Abel and Cain---a novel of temptation and murder, of exile and loss.

 

Once expelled from the Garden, Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world's first family. Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon the adults must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God's motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life. In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family---one driven (and riven) by passions, jealousies, irrationality, and love. The result is an intimate, in-depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife---people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original.

Synopsis:

Praise for David Maine and The Preservationist

“Brilliant…Think Life of Pi thousands of years earlier with a much larger cast of characters.”---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Part domestic drama, part supernatural thriller, Maines unsettling retelling of Noah and the ark feels as realistic and suspenseful…as any modern tale.”---TimeOut New York

“Envisions the events in Noes life with awe and realism, and with a voice that is clear, distinct, and (remarkably, under the circumstances) dry…An elegant, inventive book, and in no way a cynical one.”---The New York Times

“Smart, engaging…Maine gives readers a pertinent, wittily real, and unexpectedly moving portrait of simple faith, flawed humanity, familial infighting, and nagging doubt.”---O magazine

“We can reencounter the hoary Old Testament icon afresh as a sensual, fallible human being and really appreciate his greatness and his sacrifice.”---Time

“Maines writing is pithy and smart, and his characters have convincing voices, reverent and irreverent, humorously dry and compassionate.”---New York Post

“Outstanding…A treat both for believers and for those who consider themselves devout only when it comes to discovering good books…A great story, told remarkably well.”

---BookPage

About the Author

David Maine was born in 1963 and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and the University of Arizona and has worked in the mental-health systems of Massachusetts and Arizona. He has taught English in Morocco and Pakistan, and since 1998 has lived in Lahore, Pakistan, with his wife, novelist Uzma Aslam Khan.

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Elizabeth Grimsrud, January 15, 2010 (view all comments by Elizabeth Grimsrud)
A quirky backwards telling of the story, revealing events after we see the outcomes. I enjoyed the personification of these historical characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312328498
Author:
Maine, David
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
General
Subject:
Religious - Biblical
Subject:
Eve
Subject:
Adam
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Christian - Biblical
Subject:
Religious
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20060905
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 256 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312328498 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Historical fiction can be a tough balance between fact and imagination. Biblical fiction, by extension, can be even more difficult to pull off — loaded as the stories and characters are with centuries of interpretation and emotion. Fallen succeeds admirably in evoking the physical torments and psychological dilemnas of the "first family" — starting with the end of Cain's life, Maine moves backwards through time to the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. His prose is clear and musical, and his characters' observations feel both penetrating and earned. Fallen is a graceful, unusual exploration of love, authority, and independence.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Historical fiction can be a tough balance between fact and imagination. Biblical fiction, by extension, can be even more difficult to pull off — loaded as the stories and characters are with centuries of interpretation and emotion. Fallen succeeds admirably in evoking the physical torments and psychological dilemnas of the "first family" — starting with the end of Cain's life, Maine moves backwards through time to the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. His prose is clear and musical, and his characters' observations feel both penetrating and earned. Fallen is a graceful, unusual exploration of love, authority, and independence.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Maine tackles biblical narrative once again in his inventive second novel (after 2004's The Preservationist, which starred Noah and his large brood), a spirited retelling of the creation yarn and the conflict between Cain and Abel. The novel opens with Cain as a 'jumpy, scared old man,' marked for life and wandering the desert in exile for killing Abel. Flashing back years, Maine fills in the story: Cain's 'smoldering challenge[s]' to Adam's authority; his scorn for Abel's innocence; his lust and greed and anger. (Eve was convinced that Cain, in utero, killed a twin brother.) Maine's equally compelling retelling of the creation myth explores, among other things, the dynamic between the world's first husband and wife as it evolved, bumpily and confusingly, after they were banished from the Garden of Eden. What makes this intelligent, funny, meaty and moving novel so fascinating is the ease with which Maine inserts a modern sensibility and keen psychological analysis even as he jumps back and forth between the timelines of the two narratives and remains faithful to their biblical roots. Agent, Scott Hoffman. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A thought-provoking account of man's fall from grace....At once witty and poignant, Maine captures the frail humanity of the world's first family."
"Review" by , "The first recorded murder takes barely 26 lines in Genesis. What Maine does with those few facts is masterfully creative....[F]ascinating and often wildly funny. Once again [Maine] has turned his focus on the family dynamics and come away with a divinely passionate tale."
"Synopsis" by ,
From the internationally acclaimed author of The Preservationist comes a provocative retelling of the story of Eve and Adam, Abel and Cain---a novel of temptation and murder, of exile and loss.

 

Once expelled from the Garden, Eve and Adam have to find their way past recriminations and bitterness to construct a new life together in a harsh land. But the challenges are many for the world's first family. Among their children are Cain and Abel, and soon the adults must discover how to be parents to one son who is everything they could hope for and another who is sullen, difficult, and rife with insecurities and jealousies. In the background, always, is the incomprehensibility of God's motives as He watches over their faltering attempts to build a life. In Fallen, David Maine has drawn a convincing, wryly observant, and enthralling portrait of a family---one driven (and riven) by passions, jealousies, irrationality, and love. The result is an intimate, in-depth story of brothers, a husband, and a wife---people whose struggles are both completely familiar and yet utterly original.

"Synopsis" by ,
Praise for David Maine and The Preservationist

“Brilliant…Think Life of Pi thousands of years earlier with a much larger cast of characters.”---Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Part domestic drama, part supernatural thriller, Maines unsettling retelling of Noah and the ark feels as realistic and suspenseful…as any modern tale.”---TimeOut New York

“Envisions the events in Noes life with awe and realism, and with a voice that is clear, distinct, and (remarkably, under the circumstances) dry…An elegant, inventive book, and in no way a cynical one.”---The New York Times

“Smart, engaging…Maine gives readers a pertinent, wittily real, and unexpectedly moving portrait of simple faith, flawed humanity, familial infighting, and nagging doubt.”---O magazine

“We can reencounter the hoary Old Testament icon afresh as a sensual, fallible human being and really appreciate his greatness and his sacrifice.”---Time

“Maines writing is pithy and smart, and his characters have convincing voices, reverent and irreverent, humorously dry and compassionate.”---New York Post

“Outstanding…A treat both for believers and for those who consider themselves devout only when it comes to discovering good books…A great story, told remarkably well.”

---BookPage

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