"Part History, part personal confession, part cautionary tale about environmental preservation...impeccably researched and beautifully told."

-Gioia Diliberto, author of The Collection


“With the deliberate cunning of a wise journalist, Lucinda Fleeson leads you into her complex story the way a well-planned garden lures you down a path. Partly a personal journey, partly investigative reporting, partly a celebration of gardening, Waking Up in Eden is written with skill, style and emotion.”

-Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down


“In this engaging book, Lucinda Fleeson tells us how she found new meaning for her life among the plants and fascinating people of the tropical paradise that is the beautiful island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. Highly recommended.”

-Peter H. Raven, President, Missouri Botanical Garden. St. Louis