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It is the hot prairie summer of her twelfth year and Elsie is at a crossroads. Her beloved mother who is mentally ill has been hospitalized, and Elsie thinks that the breakdown is all her fault. Mental illness is simply not discussed in Elsie's close-knit Mennonite community and she is rudderless. Nothing Elsie does seems to go right: there's no pleasing her bossy older sister; she forgets to feed the cat, so her father gives it away; she's supposed to watch out for her younger sister, but she lets her come home alone from the swimming pool (despite the lurking menace of a weird stranger around town); and she bargains with God to make her mother well again — to no evident avail.

Elsie's conversations with God, her struggle to overcome guilt, and her honest desire to prove herself are laced with a wicked wit and clarity of vision. Almost Eden is a beautiful portrait of a town, a family, and a young woman willing to challenge the things that don't make sense to her, and to fix the things that don't seem right.

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When twelve-year-old Elsie reaches a crossroads in her life, she bargains with God to make her mentally ill mother well again; she struggles to overcome her gui< and she desires to prove herself to her family that she is capable and dependable, in a touching story that explores what faith really means. Original.

About the Author

Anita Horrocks has published three previous award-winning novels for young adults, Topher, What They Don’t Know, and Breath of a Ghost. Almost Eden is her first novel to draw on her own Mennonite background growing up in southern Manitoba. Anita has two stepchildren and two grandchildren. She and her husband live in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770490338
Publisher:
Tundra Books
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Publication Date:
20060404
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
284

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"Synopsis" by , When twelve-year-old Elsie reaches a crossroads in her life, she bargains with God to make her mentally ill mother well again; she struggles to overcome her gui< and she desires to prove herself to her family that she is capable and dependable, in a touching story that explores what faith really means. Original.
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