Last year, I read Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman, and this beautiful but devastating novel has stayed with me since. Narrated by Eden’s friend, a marine who died in Iraq, the novel focuses on Eden who was severely injured in the same IED and lost his appendages as well as his ability to communicate. Although not expected to survive, he was sent to a hospital in Houston. Miraculously or hellishly, Eden doesn’t succumb to his injuries.
His wife, Mary, gives herself up to his care going so far as to send their daughter to live out of state with her mother so she can spend each day with Eden. Even when all seems lost, she refuses to let go. In economical but haunting prose, Ackerman wrestles with concepts of grief, guilt, and loyalty.