Exit to Eden
|Published||1985 (Arbor House)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3568.I265 E9 1985|
The novel explores the subject of BDSM in romance novel form. The novel also brought attention to Rice's published works that differed from the type of writing she was better known for (e.g. Interview with the Vampire), such as her Sleeping Beauty series under yet another pen name. Additionally, a film adaptation in 1994 differed greatly from the book, with a new major story line and several new characters added.
Each chapter in the novel is narrated in the first-person by either Lisa or Elliot; the narrator is announced at the head of each chapter.
Lisa Kelly manages an isolated BDSM resort called The Club that offers its high-end clients an exclusive setting in which they can experience the life of a Master or Mistress. Prospective submissive slaves, paid at the end of their term at Eden (which varies from six months to two years), are presented at auctions by the most respected Trainers from across the world. As Head Female Trainer and co-founder Lisa gets first pick of the new slaves, and chooses Elliot Slater — with whom she shares an immediate and undeniable chemistry that intensifies throughout their time together, eventually resulting in love.
- 1985, USA, Arbor House Pub (ISBN 0-87795-609-X), Pub date ? May 1985, hardback (First edition)
- 1988, USA, Time Warner Paperbacks (ISBN 0-7088-3000-5), Pub date 1 November 1988, paperback
- 1994, USA, Dell Publishing (ISBN 0-440-12392-5), Pub date ? October 1994, paperback (film tie-in edition)
- 1996, USA, Ballantine Books (ISBN 0-345-40196-4), Pub date ? February 1996, paperback
- 1998, USA, Severn House Publishers (ISBN 0-7278-5341-4), Pub date ? May 1998, hardback
A film version, Exit To Eden was produced by Savoy Pictures in 1994 starring Dana Delany and Paul Mercurio in the roles of Elliot and Lisa, but was heavily rewritten by the studio as a buddy-cop comedy, using new characters played by Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O'Donnell. The film was almost universally panned by critics and Rice publicly dissociated herself from the production.