The Gardener of Eden is my literary debut, a haunting and luminous novel of suspense. The story’s antihero, James, discovers dark secrets lurking beneath the stunning natural beauty of a dying timber town, Carverville, somewhere in Northern California or the Pacific Northwest. Love, lust, revenge and murder transform the idyllic Eden Resort–where James becomes the gardener–into a vision of Hell.
“The Gardener of Eden is a novel of great originality” enthuses Elizabeth McKenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the National Book Award, “lively, engaging, unexpected, sharp, and poetic. Downie is a master of the eerie and bizarre, and his character Beverley is one of the great literary creations of the century.”
“In The Gardener of Eden,” says Patricia Bracewell, author of the Emma of Normandy trilogy, “David Downie evokes the fierce beauty of America’s northwest coast, peoples it with an assortment of appropriately offbeat characters and plunges them into a mystery that is pitch-perfect for the time and place. A compelling read that is more than a little ominous.”
“David Downie writes like a poet. Not only will his evocative, lyrical style sweep you up in his story, but his characters will live in your head long after you’ve finished reading.”—Ellen Crosby, author of Harvest of Secrets