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Invisible Eden

A Story of Love and Murder on Cape Cod

By Maria Flook

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Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Published In: United States, 31 July 2004
A literary investigation by "one of the most powerful American writers at work today" [Annie Proulx] of a story that riveted the nation: how an accomplished, world-traveled fashion writer who had retreated to a simpler life as a single mother on Cape Cod became the victim of a brutal, still-unsolved murder.
On the surface, Christa Worthington's life had the appearance of privilege and comfort. She was the granddaughter of prominent New Yorkers. Her sparkling journalism earned the fashion world's respect. But she had turned her back on a glamorous career and begun living in the remote Cape Cod town where she had summered as a child. When she was found murdered in Truro, Massachusetts, just after New Year's Day in 2002, her toddler daughter clinging to her side, her violent death brought to the surface the many unspoken mysteries of her life.
"Invisible Eden is the deeply felt story of a career woman's attempt to start over and reinvent her life away from the fashion circles of New York and Paris only to have an out-of-wedlock child with a local fisherman, forge a life as a single mother, and meet a violent end. Brilliantly portraying Christa's hunger for belonging and her struggle for survival as a first-time mother, Flook searingly evokes her search for a safe haven, her many tumultuous relationships, and the evidence linking family, strangers, lovers, suspects, and innocents to the tragedy that both shocked a seaside town on Cape Cod and horrified the nation. Flook intricately maps Christa's charged life before her death and follows the first year of the murder investigation with the help of the district attorney who is in an election battle even as he searches for the killer.At the same time," Invisible Eden captures the Cape's haunted landscape, class stratifications, and never-ending battles between its weathy summer residents and its hardscrabble working families who together form a backdrop for a powerful chronicle of love and murder. An edgy and compelling portrait of a woman's tragic journey, "Invisible Eden is a mesmerizing true story.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

The recipient of an NEA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize, MARIA FLOOK is the author of "My Sister Life, The Story of MySister'sDisappearance; "two novels, " Open Water" and" Family Night" (which received a PEN American /Ernest Hemingway Foundation Special Citation);and a collection of short stories, " You Have the Wrong Man."She teaches at Emerson College."


In January 2002, 46-year-old fashion writer Crista Worthington was found stabbed to death on the floor of her cottage in Truro, Mass. Her curly-haired toddler, Ava, was nestled by her side. The murder traumatized Worthington's idyllic Cape Cod community and captured the attention of the national media. Here, Truro resident Flook (My Sister Life: The Story of My Sister's Disappearance) attempts to make literary sense of the tragic, downward spiral of Worthington. An attractive former Vassar girl and scion of a prominent local family, she left a glamorous career in New York (she also worked for WWD in Paris) to have an affair with a ruggedly handsome but very married fisherman and have his child. Flook, despite her lively writing, cannot solve the crime. "No one can understand the arc of the victim's life until her killer is ID'ed," writes Flook herself. Flook turns to terse Michael O'Keefe, the assistant district attorney responsible for the Worthington case, for insight and what can only be called local macho resonance. But his noncommittal investigative shop talk can't take the place of the truth. Most disappointing, the victim herself emerges as neither sympathetic nor compelling, a spoiled little rich girl who seems to care little for anyone except her daughter and herself. "The more we look at her, the uglier she gets," O'Keefe says of Worthington. Although Flook fleshes out various suspects, including Tony Jackett, the father of Worthington's child, and Tim Arnold, the spurned-lover-turned-friend who found Worthington's body. Flook seems to favor Arnold as the murderer, but who knows? This work will leave most readers with a sense of sadness and not much else. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

When the press got word of noted fashion writer Christa Worthington's death last year, few outside the Cape Cod hamlet of Truro, MA knew of the tangled web of lovers, family strain, and personal struggles she had left behind. Although she was found stabbed on the floor of her family home, it was Worthington's pedigree and publishing success as well as the image of her baby daughter found clinging to her side that grabbed people's attention. A large variety of possible suspects (all with viable motives) has kept police tied to the still-pending investigation ever since. Yet, for Flook's story all of this is just background, her own motivation is a profound sympathy for Worthington herself. Trying to discover what led this talented and fast-paced career woman to move back home and have a baby, the Pushcart Prize-winner soon found herself immersed in the life of the victim. Interviewing suspects and the DA, Christa's friends from high-profile publications WWD and W and childhood companions from Truro, Flook pieces together the life of this now tragic figure with both impartiality and compassion. This is true crime with heart; a must read summer title for all libraries. [For an interview with Flook, see p.145.]-Rachel Collins, "Library Journal" Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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EAN: 9780767913768
ISBN: 0767913760
Publisher: Broadway Books
Dimensions: 20.37 x 13.51 x 2.41 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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