Communities share history and hope, lamentations and lore. Through the fictional town of Eden, Ohio, enchanting new talent Shawne Johnson captures a locale where all of the contradictions of heritage converge.Established by twelve runaway slave families who named their new home after paradise, Edens picturesque landscape is deceptively lush. Matriarch Eliza, who has been blessed with a powerful intuition, guided the twelve runaway slaves to freedom. Though Eden was founded on freedom, an undercurrent of violence burdens all the towns inhabitants. Elizas female descendants, each bearing her name and the burden of her blessings, nurture Eden even as the towns inhabitants forget the sacrifices of their ancestorsan ingratitude that could turn perilous. Seamstress Aspasia treasures her family but cant escape her feelings of emptiness. Though labeled a lunatic, Hawk Eye has the ability to foresee death and decipher truth when others are blind to it. And at the novels heart is Jeremiah, who left Eden years ago to pursue his dreams but must now return with a shameful secret.Just as Johnsons Getting Our Breath Backdeftly portrayed intertwining characters at a series of poetic crossroads, Eden, Ohiotakes readers on a journey filled with beauty and compassion.