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eBook Leaving Eden - Reader's Digest Weekend Reader Edition - Condensation ePub

by Anne LeClaire

  • ISBN: 0752842838
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Anne LeClaire
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest (2003)
  • Pages: 320
  • ePub book: 1318 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1277 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 993

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A Conversation with Anne D. LeClaire. Reading Group Questions and Topics for Discussion. Ms. LeClaire’s ability to make the setting and its characters come alive makes the reader feel that Eden exists beyond the pages of this novel.

A Conversation with Anne D. Tallie is an endearing character, and the Southern banter of the ladies at the beauty parlor where she works is pitch-perfect. LeClaire’s homey storytelling goes down easy. Tallie Brock is a heroine as winning as any a reader is ever likely to meet.

The Reader's Digest Condensed Books were a series of hardcover anthology collections, published by the American general interest monthly family magazine Reader's Digest and distributed by direct mail. Most volumes contained five (although a considerable minority consisted of three, four, or six) current best-selling novels and nonfiction books which were abridged (or "condensed") specifically for Reader's Digest.

by. LeClaire, Anne D; Reader's Digest Association.

Leaving Eden (Paperback). Published April 29th 2003 by Ballantine Books. Leaving Eden (Ballantine Reader's Circle). Author(s): Anne D. Paperback, 320 pages. ISBN: 0345445759 (ISBN13: 9780345445759). ISBN: 1442080728 (ISBN13: 9781442080720). ISBN: 0754018954 (ISBN13: 9780754018957).

Heather Harpham’s memoir Happiness takes readers on a swift journey to hell and back. In the middle of a challenging courtship, she and her true love become parents and have to face questions no one ever should: How far will you go for the health of a desperately sick daughter?

Heather Harpham’s memoir Happiness takes readers on a swift journey to hell and back. In the middle of a challenging courtship, she and her true love become parents and have to face questions no one ever should: How far will you go for the health of a desperately sick daughter? How much would you sacrifice?

For sure dreams didn’t leave blood on your sheets. Proof I was no longer a virgin, which was supposed to be some big deal or something.

For sure dreams didn’t leave blood on your sheets. Like a disease you needed to get over. Spy had been my cure. My daddy was in the kitchen, whistling and making coffee. I was absolutely not ready to face him and I decided to stay right where I was until he left for the mill

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Comments

Talrajas Talrajas
Weak ending.
AfinaS AfinaS
I didn't think I was going to like this book when I began to read it, but it's gotten me hooked because of Tallie's struggles and loneliness during her teen age years. I have yet to finish it and will be eager to do so.
komandante komandante
What does it mean to make wise choices in life? How is it possible for a sensitive teen-ager to comprehend the significance of a mother's love when its source is no longer present? How much should one risk for dreams, desires and hopes? What is it about wanting that makes it so consuming, so overpowering? Anne LeClaire's sensitive, lyrical and evocative coming-of-age novel, "Leaving Eden," provides stunning, instructive answers. Her protagonist, sixteen year-old Tallie Brock does not consider her hometown of suggestively-named Eden, Virginia to be paradise; nor does she realize that the knowledge she so earnestly seeks about life could compel her to an act of self-banishment.
What Talie does know is heartbreak and abandonment. Not once, but twice, does her mother leave her. Blessed with Natalie Wood-like looks, Dinah Mae Brock wrestles with her own need to live out her dreams. After Dinah Mae abruptly leaves her diligent, devoted husband Luddy for the hopes of realizing her life-long ambition of becoming a Hollywood stgar, her bright, inquisitive but disaffected daughter must confront her own demons and ask herself questions she is not initially prepared to confront.
Without the comfort and security of her mother, Tallie lacks "context" for her life and yearns to see the "whole picture" instead of the "jangly bits and pieces that didn't seem to fit." Insecure with her own physical appearance, a social outsider whose anxieties are exacerbated by an intolerably smug and critical maternal grandmother, Tallie has yet to discover that "things don't always have to be laid out straight as string to make sense." Trying to make sense of his own loneliness, Luddy takes to drink to obliterate pain. One parent dead, the other remote and silent, Tallie seeks answers through involvement in the Klip-N-Kurl beauty salon, where the town's women congregate to share gossip, secrets, and occasional comfort.
Just as quickly as she had left Eden, Dinah Mae returns, but with even more unanswered questions. The novel pivots around the issue of unresolved dreams and wants. Both mother and daughter must face how to fulfill the lives they have been given while being true to themselves and the one they love. In desperation, Tallie turns to the town's pariah "witch," whose Queen of Cures causes more consternation to Tallie than comfort. Tallie muses, "It's hard to figure out what will kill you and what will cure you" and even more difficuilt to figure out the difference, she unknowingly sets an outline for her own life.
The second abandonment is even more wrenching, more final as Tallie must observe her mother's unsuccessful battle with cancer. LeClaire is nothing less than brilliant in her exploration of an adolescent's existential anguish and resounding pain at the loss of a beloved parent. Tallie yearns to have her mother tell her "everything" she needs to know about life. As she rails at the unfairness of her mother's death, Tallie also castigates herself for her own inability to ask the right questions, provide enough solace and deflect physical pain.
As Tallie discovers "wanting is a powerful thing," she embarks on a bumpy road of self-discovery in which her sexuality, capacity for truth and ability to deceive combine to compel her to an act of self-defintion and discovery. She learns that dreams, "the conceiving of possibilities that stretch" beyond the single person, necessarily must animate life; the act of want transcends its attainment. Tallie ultimately will come to grips with one of life's greatest dilemmas, a choice between regret and remorse.
Interspersed in this fast-paced narrative are bite-sized morsels of Tallie's wisdom, written in her private journal. Each aphorism derives from experience and love, from the intricate web of friendships Tallie has created in Eden and from the solitude of suffering and desire in her own heart. Anne LeClaire has created a genuinely moving description of wisdom's costs and love's possibilities. "Leaving Eden" will leave readers profoundly moved.
Jozrone Jozrone
Leaving Eden is a cute & charming coming of age story about Tallie Brock, daughter of a Natalie Wood look-a-like. During this summer in Eden, Virginia Tallie's mother returns from a stint in LA, looking for stardom, and Tallie is keeping her fingers crossed that her mom is now home for good. Alternating between the present, to past flashbacks, LeClaire begins painting a picture of Tallie's life, as she goes through the joys and pitfalls of being a teenage girl. To make extra cash, Tallie is employed at the local salon, the Klip & Kurl where the buzz of the local community women keep her in the know of all the lastest goings on. The highlight of her summer and quest for her summer savings is getting a Glamour photo makeover-Tallie and the salon women can't wait to transform themselves. As we discover, deep in the hearts of these different women, is the common bond to look and feel as glamorous as a celebrity.
Tallie's journey includes feelings of isolation as an outsider from the "popular" group, finding true love, and uncovering some painful and surprising secrets. LeClaire's writing and story are both humorous and touching.
misery misery
Leaving Eden by Anne D. LeClaire
In this warm hearted coming of age story, twelve year old Tallie Brooks is missing her mother one summer. Though her mother has gone away before, in Tallie's heart, she knows it will be a long time this time before her mother's return, if at all. Her father works long hours at the mill, leaving Tallie alone in the house most days, and even for longer periods of time of times when he stops at CC's Bar after work, which is most evenings. Tallie works at the Klip `N Kurl, with a boss who claims she can "read" soap bubbles like others read tea leave. Tallie sweeps the floors, folds the towels and helps in general. Tallie amuses herself by keeping a book of all the things she has learned at the Klip `N Kurl, small lessons she savors that become bites of wisdom for us readers. Since Tallie's boss hosts "Glamour Day" one day, Tallie dreams the same dream her own mother die - to become a movie star, and this one "Glamour Day will be her big chance. When Tallie chases her own dream, she learns that it is in her very own little book that her dream has waited all along. A must read.
Friert Friert
This is a good beach read for a hot summer afternoon. It is about a young girl, who thinks the grass is greener on the other side. I am assuming she got this opinion of her mother. I had the impression that her mother moved away the second time, but it isn't really that way. It was heartbreaking and moving to read about how much she misses her mother. Makes you think you don't really know how much you would missing something until it is gone.

So Tallie lives with her dad, who works and drowns his sorrows in a nearby bar. She goes to school and also works at the local beauty salon. After her mother comes back the first time from LA, she is filled with all kinds of emotions. She doesn't know whether to be mad, sad or happy. She is lacking a female her in life after her mother passes, but her mom's best friend is there.

I didn't expect the story to turn out like it did. I love it!