Eden Waits: A novel based on the true story of Michigan's Utopian community, Hiawatha Colony


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$16.95  $15.76
Milford House Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.81 pounds
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About the Author

Maryka Biaggio, Ph.D., is a psychology professor turned novelist specializing in historical fiction based on real people. She enjoys the challenge of starting with actual historical figures and dramatizing their lives-discovering what motivated them to behave as they did, studying how the cultural and historical context may have influenced them, and recreating some sense of their emotional world through dialogue and action. Doubleday published her debut novel, PARLOR GAMES, in 2013. EDEN WAITS and THE POINT OF VANISHING were published by Milford House Press in 2019 and 2021. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her website at marykabiaggio.com.


In Eden Waits Biaggio has crafted a warm and textured portrait of a dynamic moment in American history. As seen through the complex lives of the Byers family and their idealistic patriarch, Eden Waits perfectly captures the earnestly progressive utopian yearnings of the late 19th century, and the very human pitfalls that so often frustrate our dreamings of a better world. --David Williams, Author of When the English Fall

America has a long history of attempts at creating Utopia, and Eden Waits provides a gripping fictional account of one such community experiment which took place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the late 19th century. Maryka Biaggio, a descendent of the founders of the community in the wilds of Schoolcraft County, brings to life the events that led to the development of Hiawatha Colony. This well-researched novel examines a lost chapter in our history, one that explores how our dreams are often compromised by our needs, and how our notions regarding family, work, faith lead to an insatiable and as yet unrequited desire to create a fair and equitable society. --John Smolens, Author of Out, Wolf's Mouth, The Anarchist, The Schoolmaster's Daughter, and Quarantine

This fascinating novel combines an overlooked location (Michigan's Upper Peninsula) and an overlooked social phenomenon (the Utopian movements of the 19th century) to create an emotionally compelling story of aspiration and oppression in America's deep woods. It takes history and makes it personal. --Steve Wiegenstein, Author of The Daybreak Series, Slant of Light, This Old World, and The Language of Trees