Almost Eden (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author


Anita Horrocks is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

Praise For…


Praise for Topher:

“[Topher] gives mystery fans ages 10 to 12 exactly what they want… [It] can stimulate a young reader’s curiosity (and pulse rate) from start to finish.”
Quill & Quire

“…a dramatic, suspenseful story that will keep you wondering and guessing right to the end.”
Lethbridge Herald

Praise for What They Don’t Know:

“…riveting…”
London Free Press

Product Details
ISBN: 9780887767425
ISBN-10: 0887767427
Publisher: Tundra Books (NY)
Publication Date: April 4th, 2006
Pages: 284
Language: English