Elliott Ackerman's new novel Waiting for Eden (Knopf, $22.95) is a breathtaking achievement. Within a short span and with stunning compassion Ackerman is able to tell the story of three intertwined lives as they are touched by war, betrayal, and loss. On Christmas day Marine Corporal Eden Malcolm stirs from his three-year coma. He is the only survivor of a bombing that killed all of his fellow Marines, including his best friend, and left him trapped within a shell of his former self, unable to communicate. Finding his consciousness suddenly awakened, Eden desperately tries to reach the outside world. Mary, his wife, has stayed by his side through the years despite little support or hope. Narrating from beyond the grave is Eden's nameless best friend. A piercingly heartfelt look at the toll of war on the home front and the frayed edges it leaves behind.
Waiting for Eden by Elliott Ackerman