MOMENTUM: Ackerman’s previous book, Dark at the Crossing, was widely acclaimed and short-listed for the National Book Award. It was chosen by The Washington Post, NPR, Vogue, The Christian Science Monitor, and several other outlets as a best book of the year.
IDEAL INTRODUCTION: This is Ackerman’s most accessible novel thus far, and its length, setting, and themes make it a perfect entry point to his work.
UNPUTDOWNABLE: This very short novel begs to be read in a single sitting and is impossible to put aside. These qualities will likely have added reader appeal at a paperback price point.
SMALL PACKAGE, BIG IDEAS:Waiting for Eden pairs its slim profile with an exploration of an incredible breadth of profound questions. Can one person’s pain outweigh another’s? What does it mean to be a parent? What are our basic human obligations to each other? Can a life, even when damaged and reduced, contain meaning? This book is a delicate snack that packs a protein bar’s punch.
MEDIA MAVEN: Between his work as a journalist and his war experiences, Ackerman is an impressive presence in the media. He is now a regular contributor at CNN, and his other broadcast appearances include The Colbert Report, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Meet the Press, MSNBC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, BBC, and PBS NewsHour.
Advance praise for Waiting for Eden:
“[Ackerman] is one of the best soldier-writers of his generation.”—The Washington Post
“The Tim O’Brien of our era—an unflinching guide to the mental, physical, and familial toll of war.”—Vogue
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