Adam & Eve
By Sena Jeter Naslund
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061579288, 339pp.)
Publication Date: July 2011
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By decoding light from space, Lucy Bergmanns astrophysicist husband discovers the existence of extraterrestrial life; their friend, anthropologist Pierre Saad, unearths from the sands of Egypt an ancient alternative version of the Book of Genesis. To religious fanatics, these discoveries have the power to rock the foundations of their faith. Entrusted to deliver this revolutionary news to both the scientific and religious communities, Lucy becomes the target of Perpetuity, a secret society. When her small plane crashes, Lucy finds herself in a place called Eden with an American soldier named Adam, whose quest for both spiritual and carnal knowledge has driven him to madness.
Set against the searing debate between evolutionists and creationists, Adam & Eve is a thriller, a romance, an adventure, an idylla tour de force from Sena Jeter Naslund, one of the most imaginative and inspired writers of our time.
- What are the implications of Naslund's title Adam & Eve? Why did she use an ampersand instead of the word and? Why do you think she set the novel in the year 2020, "the year of clear vision"?