The Alleys of Eden Summary
Robert Olen Butler

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The Alleys of Eden Summary

The novel explores multiple human connections: between lovers from different lands; between Americans via language, law and culture; between Vietnamese immigrants in a small Illinois town via language and culture.

For both groups, Butler illustrates connections between people and land.

Quentin and June Forbes, the American couple that wishes to befriend Cliff and Lanh, are well versed in archaeology and Native American civilizations.

They own several ancient Indian artifacts which they have found at...

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