Jane Roper is a Boston-area author whose first novel, Eden Lake, was published earlier this month. I haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Eden Lake, but it appeals to me; one of the blurbs I read is from Tom Perrotta:
“Eden Lake is an unusually accomplished debut novel about love and loss and the absurdities of summer camp. Jane Roper writes with quiet authority and sly humor about a large and intriguing cast of characters.”
And here’s a description of the novel:
In 1968, newlyweds Clay Perry and Carol Weiss founded Eden Lake, a utopian children’s summer camp. Thirty years later, their marriage is long over and the camp has become a pricey playground for entitled suburbanites. When tragedy strikes, the Perryweiss children have to decide what role Eden Lake, and all that it stands for, will play in their lives. Abe, the eldest and heir apparent, has never been able to commit to a career—or a woman. Jude, entangled with a married man, must confront her turbulent relationship with her past. Eric, the youngest, who has never strayed far from Eden Lake, stands at the precipice of a new life. Idealism and infidelity, childhood memories and the hard truths of adulthood collide and coalesce in the summer of 1998 at Camp Eden Lake.
The combination of the setting (Maine), the memories (summer camp!), and one of my favorite themes (sibling relationships) is a trifecta that calls to me!
Is it calling to you, too?
The author has generously offered to send a copy of Eden Lake to a US/Canada reader of She Is Too Fond of Books! To enter the giveaway, simply view the “non-trailer” below, and leave a comment with your thoughts on book trailers, and this specific (and very funny!) “non-trailer;” do you agree with the podiatrist or the ironic writer?
Giveaway will be open for entries until midnight EDT on Thursday, June 9. The winner will be announced on June 10.
Jane Roper writes the BabySquared column on babble.com, devoted to her adventures in parenting twins. To learn more about Jane Roper and Eden Lake, visit the author’s website. You can also follow Jane Roper on twitter.