The next time I read this book, I want it to be on a cold, late-fall night. This book sucked me into its atmosphere like few others have managed to, with its shivering cold and withering dead trees. This is a modern day fairy tale if there ever was one, and I mean that in the best way possible; it deals with a very real fear, that of death and loss, and does so in a fresh and original way. I'm familiar with the story of the Garden of Eden, but I didn't catch all of the symbolism, though some of it bordered on corny at times. Still, I found a lot to love about this book, especially its ability to find magic in a highly unlikely atmosphere. Simply beautiful.
Oh, and I really love the cover.