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Eden Waits is based on the true story of Michigan’s utopian experiment. In 1895 Abraham Byers launches Hiawatha Colony, a product-sharing community. But can this community withstand internal strife, Michigan’s harsh wilds, and outside enemies? When discord rocks the community, Abraham must choose between dissolving the colony and compromising the ideals that elevated him to its patriarch.
Eden Waits is based on the true story of Michigan’s utopian experiment.
In 1893 financial panic imperils the settlement homesteaded by Abraham and Elizabeth Byers. Abraham, a preacher and self-proclaimed man of the people, rails against greed and corruption and launches Hiawatha Colony, a product-sharing community designed to support its members through self-sufficiency.
But can this cooperative community withstand internal strife, the harsh wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and the antagonism of the outside world? When discord rocks the community, Abraham must choose between dissolving the colony and compromising the ideals that elevated him to its patriarch.
Author John Smolens has described Eden Waits as a “gripping fictional account…and well-researched novel that 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.”