The Edge of Eden


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Life starts to unravel for Penelope when her husband, Rupert, drags their family to the remote Seychelles islands for an exotic diplomatic job in 1960. While Penelope pines for London, Rupert and their two daughters fall in love with this tropical paradise. The children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, that pervades this lush colonial outpost. Rupert, meanwhile, succumbs to the island’s other lures when a Seychelloise beauty sets her sights—and casts her spells—on him.

But Penelope and her daughter Zara won’t go down without a fight. In a desperate attempt to hold the family together, they each turn secretly to the local witchcraft with devastating results. Ultimately, Penelope and her family suffer unimaginable consequences that change their lives forever.

Benedict’s acerbic wit and evocative descriptions serve up a page-turner brimming with jealousy, sex, and intrigue in this ominous Eden.

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The ship was as big as a world to Zara. She explored it all day long, tumbling through corridors and stairwells while the SS Kampala lumbered through the Eastern seas.


"Benedict, an author of both fiction and nonfiction (Sailor’s Wife; Virgin or Vamp), offers distinctive cross-cultural insights as well as a cadre of satiric and fascinating characters, and the result is a story that is both touching and humorous. Highly recommended." —Library Journal

"A comedy of bad manners reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh." —New York Daily News

"An armchair traveler’s delight, Benedict’s novel is an amusingly poignant look at the British abroad in the spirit of Evelyn Waugh." —Publishers Weekly

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Iambik Audio ISBN: 9781926673080
Iambik Audio Publication Date: Oct 19, 2010
Print ISBN: 9781569476024
Print Publication Date: Nov 1, 2009
Audio Distribution Rights: Worldwide