2011 Georgia Writer of the Year: First Novel
Almost to Eden is the captivating fictional narrative of an Irish immigrant, Maggie O’Brien, whose life intertwines with members and workers of the historic Jekyll Island Club. Seeking a new Eden in America, she discovers that freedom and justice, even in the new world, do not always triumph over wealth and power. In the process of her journey, Maggie finds and loses the things she loves most, but grace and courage lead her toward a fulfillment she never thought to find.
Almost to Eden is a sumptuous trip into the past and a deeply affecting exploration of how that past is forever a part of who we are. McCash weaves a tale of love and heartbreak out of the day-to-day struggle to live a life of decency and honor. Her writing reminds one of Colleen McCullough at her most rewarding.
Brian Jay Corrigan, award-winning author of The Poet of Loch Ness
McCash’s evocative novel could well have been envisioned by Edith Wharton or Henry James. This Upstairs Downstairs tale weaves fact and fiction and the result is a delightful and moving read both for serious students of history as well as the casual reader.
Rick Hutto, author of The Gilded Cage and Crowning Glory
June McCash…has done it again – this time in fiction. She’s blended her love of history and storytelling into a heart-rending novel … a soul-stirring, spirit-moving saga that spans the Atlantic and three generations.
Reading requirements – a hot mug of something and a box of hankies.
Stephen Doster, author of Voices from St.Simons and Lord Baltimore
June McCash’s debut novel spins an intricate and compelling tale with unfolding events worthy of Dickens.
Darnell Arnoult, author of Sufficient Grace